Sunday Thoughts | Aug 11th

SummerColors | Blue

She put her water jar down. Suddenly everything was different. She had gone out to the well in the middle of the day with her head held low. She didn’t want to see the looks the villagers gave her. Alone, carrying her life, her shame and everything that hadn’t turned out how she had dreamt it should. But now, now she had met him. He that saw right through it all and with kind words told her the truth. His words had set her free. They showed her a love so different from what she had ever experienced before.

He had asked for a drink from her water jar, even though he was a man and she was a woman, even though he was a jew and she a samaritan. It was not how things should be. She had tried to look the other way as she approached the well, but now she found herself deep in talk with him.

His word touched her. Who was he?

She put her water jar down and went back into the village. For once she dared to look the others in their eyes, she had so much to tell them. She had to tell them about him that change her life only moments before. No one had talked like him. For the first time in ages she felt loved for whom she really was, with all her wounds and scars. She shouted it out as soon as she came into the gate. They looked at her and saw how changed she was. Together they went out to the well.

Her words had moved them. Could he be the Messiah?

She put her water jar down and the whole village got to meet him. He said he could give living water. That he could quench their thirst. They asked him to stay for a while, they wanted to talk with him and listen to him. His words changed them too.

They looked at the woman with loving eyes now. Understanding that they did wrong in judging her, seeing that they too had things to answer for in their own lives.

She walked with the other women to the well in the mornings now. His words about the living water had set them free. They believed he was sent from God. His name was Jesus.

Water
………………………………….  read more in John chapter 4 ………………………………..

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Sunday Thought | Acts 8:26-39

Do you believe, with your whole heart?

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It was only hours before he had sat there in his carrier not understanding the meaning of the words he read. He most have said it out loud for suddenly there was another man standing beside him asking him: ”Do you understand what you read?”. It was Fillip, one of Jesus’ disciples, and as the man went ahead with his journey Fillip came with him and helped him to see how the prophecy came true in Jesus. How Jesus gave his life so others could live, how he was resurrected so we could have a hope for a future beyond this life. 

His whole life got different then and there. Now he understood so much more of what he had read. Now he also understood that he needed Jesus more than he ever had needed someone else, being a man of power as he was. When he saw the water stream ahead he tuned to Fillip asking for help to get baptized.

Do you believe with you whole heart? Fillip answered. And together they went down to the shore and the man got baptized then and there. Changing his life forever.

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This week I will live, believe and pray with my whole heart too. Opening up for good things to happen. Living the length and the width of my life. Hope you’ll join me!

Just me.

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Sunday Thought | Mark 6:30-44

You might have heard the story a million times. You might been so used to thinking of how Jesus took 2 fishes and 5 breads to feed the thousands – that you don’t recognizes how impressive that is. Or maybe you don’t think it is possible and are getting frustrated with the story all together. I don’t know. I really don’t. All I know is that today we are stopping by the story in church (at least here in the Lutheran church of Norway). And here are a few thoughts of mine about it:

summer vacation 2012 | he got fish

It’s one of the stories that challenges many of us because it’s breaking the rules. The rules of nature as we all have come to know them. Some believe that the biggest wonder of this day is that people reached for their own food and started sharing it with others. And that is a big deal, no questions, we should do that more often; sharing what we’ve been given with others. But, I’m not sure if that is how the story went, how strange it may seem. Because I think that a God that have created this wonderful world of ours and that resurrected Christ on the third day – for sure – can feed everyone with the smallest amount of resources.

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I also believe that if we are willing to give our resources to the Lord, no matter how small they might seem. The good Lord can make it into something more, something that can bless the people we share this world with. That is big!

So don’t underestimate the small stuff – they are great things waiting to happen!!

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Uncertainty | Sunday Thought

A little while ago I sat down to watch Oprah’s interview with Brenè Brown on Super Soul Sunday (it’s in two episodes, by the way, free to watch here and here. You should!). It inspired me deeply. One of her words about faith stuck with me:

Faith minus vulnerability and mystery is extremism. Don’t call it faith if there’s no vulnerability and uncertainty. If you have all the answers don’t call what you do faith! (Dr. Brenè Brown. PHD, LMSW)

Today I was reminded about it again as I meet Thomas, he whom had such a struggle to believe the others joy of Christ’s resurrection. He just could not believe. He had not seen.

And then he met Jesus.

In my mind I was there with him today and saw how his world got turned up side down – in the best positive way – as he too dared to believe, dared to accept what he saw even though he did not understand how it all happened.

I have never seen like Thomas saw, still I believe partly because of him. I’m thankful to know that I’m not alone when I feel uncertain, but mostly I’m thankful for how he shows me that Jesus is someone to have faith in. Even when I don’t have all the answers. Maybe especially then.

Blessings.
PS: Read more in the bible, this Sunday from: Joh 20:24-31

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Thoughts on Beauty and the Creative Life

MT Loves To Draw

He loves to lay down on the floor with a sheet of blank paper in front of him having a movie playing on the screen. He looks at the movie and he draws, sometimes more into the movie, sometimes more into the drawing. Tonight he drew a new kind of house.

It is the house we are going to live in in the future, he told me.

The Future House

And then we looked at the drawing together, deciding which part he is going to occupy, which part I am going to living in and what everything else are going to be. I love how he fills our house with his drawings, even when I get a bit tired of finding half drawn sheets of paper all over the floor most mornings. I am so grateful to see that he expresses himself through creative ways. I hope he never forgets to imagine, to dream, to make, to create, to not accept that ‘it can not be done’ as good enough answer when it comes to thinking or dreaming up new creative ways to do or live life.

Learning New Skills

It might seem like a waste of time to dream or make art. But I do not think that it ever is. I think it is one of the most important things in our life; to believe we were created with this wonderful ability to imagine and make, that we can do as the Master Creator does: create things of beauty. Not only because they are practical and useful things – but because they make us HAPPY.

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And beauty is so much, we can only take a look around us: people, plants, animals, flowers, houses, the shapes and the colors of things surrounding us all have something beautiful in them. Even my orange crocks and my tea mug got chosen because of their color (crocks) and shape (mug) that I found to be beautiful. I am sure if you look around in your own living room you can find something that makes you smile with delight. And if not, give room for your creative side. Make something or find something other have made and celebrate the beauty you see.

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
(Eccl. 3:11-13)

Relaxing

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Sunday Thoughts | When He Met Jesus

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He was sitting there by the road. Begging. As he used to do. Then they came. Pulled him up off the ground and wanted him to walk with them. He did knew them. He knew he could trust them. But what was it they wanted? And why this hurry?

He couldn’t ask, neither could he hear the answer. He was born like this. Deaf and mute. He couldn’t join his friends in much, he had trouble learning and working. Usually he sat there by the road with his head held low. Begging money from those walking by. He had to, if he wanted to buy some food for himself at the end of the day.

They made a stop by another man. He had kind eyes. They started talking to the man, sometimes they pointed back at him so he guessed they were talking about him. What was it this time? How he wished he could hear or taken part in the discussion.

The man turned and looked at him. He grabbed him by his arm and pulled him away from the others. It was just the two of them now. The man wet his fingers with spit and took on his tongue. Then he put another finger inside his ear. The man looked up at the sky.

He wasn’t afraid. Only eager to see what happen next. This could be the day he had dreamed of his whole life. He understood that the man wanted to help him by the actions he used. The man used the only language he could understand.

‘Effata’ – the man said.
He did hear it. It wasn’t something he made up. He really could hear it. The first word he ever had heard. He smiled. Moved his togue and tried to say it himself. Effata. It worked. His smile broaden. He turned to the man, wanted to thank him – but he didn’t knew how. He saw the man understood. He run back to his friends. Finally he was able to hear, not only watch, their voices. Take part in the conversations. Smile and laugh with the.

It was the best day in his life! Being brought to this man made all the difference.

People were overwhelmed with amazement. He has done everything well, they said. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.

.:Read the story in Mark 7:31-37:.

Blessed Sunday. Blessed week.

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