Monday, June 24, 2013

Let It Be Me


 Stanley Kubrick for Look Magazine 1949

C`mon baby
Let me
Light up your life

Barbara M Lake
Trinidad WI
June 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Is There More to Life?

After a somewhat 'dark' week during which I felt that something was 'disturbing my spirit', today was wonderful.

I spent most of the day being part of an Alpha Holy Spirit Day.  The Alpha Programme which came out of the Anglican church many years ago,  is not a bible study or a crash course in religion!  It  is a ten week course which explores the meaning of life and one's relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is a very personal, uplifting, and non threatening course which ultimately can bring one into a deeper understanding of life and enhance the faith of those who do believe in God and also, bring non believers to Christ.  It is anything but boring, is fun and involves food.  Plenty of food.  I always tell people to be prepared to gain a little weight whilst doing an Alpha course as this is hospitality at its best!!

I have over the years, worked on many Alpha Courses and have seen peoples' lives change as a result of their participation.  I have  seen relationships change for the better be it a marriage or a friendship.  I have seen attitudes change, brittleness disappear, forgiveness taking place and non believers coming to faith.  And also I have seen people 'giving' their lives to Christ.

Giving one's life to Christ does not mean sackcloth and ashes, continuous fasting, piety  and being permanently on one's knees!!  That is a far cry from Christianity.  Christianity is fun. It's a way of life.  It's following in the footsteps of Christ and trying to live out His expectations of us. It's living by example. No easy task!!

Anyway, there I was today at the Holy Spirit Day having given the refresher Ministry talk to prayer leaders last Thursday evening when I was still shrouded in the thing that was disturbing my spirit! This evening that cloud has gone.  Today I saw people who were wary of what might happen, receive the Holy Spirit.  I saw tears, heard laughter, felt the beginnings of healing and personally once again, felt an extraordinary peace as the Holy Spirit moved among the group.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Self Protection


Walking, Walking Singing in the New Dimension? 1979 by Marris Graves
Photo courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales on Blogger

Awakening to the world
Feeling human
A thanksgiving prayer
And life was good

Daily crackle onslaught
Too early
Disturbing my spirit
So life became bad

Suck in sharp irritability
Quick retaliation
To unnecessary remarks
Interpreted as criticism

Change of hairstyle
Good last night
Cannot ever compensate
When clothes don’t fit

Fumes from bumper to
Bumper traffic
Impatience of drivers
Road rage abounds

Suffocating heat makes
Noise even louder
As the city
Springs to life

Different ethnic groups
Unbearably sullen
Step over homeless
Asleep on pavements

Cool of my sanctuary
Behind office door
Down the valium
Pink aura protects 

Barbara M Lake ©
Trinidad WI
June 2013
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