Place of Comfort

Lake Rotoiti (Nelson Lakes National Park) as viewed through the cross in St. Arnauds chapel. As the cross focuses on the reality of suffering, so the calmness of the scene beyond it brings the assurance of comfort to come.

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Fathers House
There is a way
Reach again
Unused Vessel
Time Out

The comfort contained in these words is inexhaustible as we begin to think seriously about how that Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a dwelling place for us to live in for all eternity.

Perhaps one of the most basic fears we have as people is the fear of not having a home. Being without a safe dwelling is a vulnerable feeling. We spend much of our time making sure that our earthly dwelling is safe and secure and rightly so, but how important it is to know that an eternal dwelling is being prepared for us too.

It is interesting to note that Jesus is preparing our place in his father's house. We are to be a part of his father's household, living and being where he is. The reality of this takes away some of the mystery surrounding where we go when we die. We go to be with Jesus in the father's house where we are told there are many rooms. There is a lot of room for us; we do not need to be worried about overcrowding.

Also each room will be prepared with us in mind. A dwelling carefully prepared especially for you and I, a place where we can rest, a place where the cares and distresses of life will have ended, a place where we know that Jesus will actually be abiding with us. Of this we are to be assured.


Maureen Gedge
"In my father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you."
(John 14:2)

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There is a way of escape - a way through to peace and victory, a way that was purchased by Christ's precious blood.

Come through the 'way' into the peace and joy that has been purchased for you. And as you enter in, use the ability that has been given to you to ask on behalf of those who do not have the strength to ask for themselves.

There is a job to do that will be accomplished through prayer. Continue in prayer at all times, not doubting God's love and concern. We must trust and obey for there really is no other way. And when we do trust him in our trials we shall not fall. This is our confidence, because 'he will provide a way out so that we can stand.'

Prayer: Dear Lord, as we face the difficulties in our lives we thank you that you have not left us alone. Please remind us daily of this, even as your mercy is new every day, so that the strength we need can be ours in every situation.


Maureen Gedge
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
(1Corinthians 10:13)

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So many times, it would seem we reach out to grasp a hand and find that there is none to hold. Finally we stop reaching out.

We hold tightly to the reins of our lives, struggling through each day and pay lip service to a God we hope is listening.

He is listening!

"The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry."
(Psalm 34:15)

Reach out to Him again. If we could only stretch out our hand and know the comfort that He alone can give. But how do we do that? How do we let down the barrier that separates and binds us back from relating to the Lord when our heart is needing Him most? Perhaps today we should just do it! Let Him know exactly where we are at, expressing honestly how we feel in the language that we find most comfortable.

Lets take some time even now to articulate the cry of our souls, shutting ourselves in with the 'one who waits,' receiving again the touch of His hand upon our lives. Memories of former days are no more enough to satisfy what only a renewed relationship can bring. Reach out to Him again.

"Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water,
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea.
Put your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee."


Maureen Gedge
"A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
(Psalm 51:17)

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It's just an unused vessel Lord,
Empty, broken - none too clean.
Why tarry over this one Lord,
When there are other souls to glean?

I see around me shining stars,
So bright and precious,
Gleaming, glistening for you:
Onwards, upwards to heights anew.

Why tarry here so long I pray?
We must work while it's still day.
The harvest vast - the fields white.
Many lives to put aright.

I turned and saw His tender eye.
It stopped my feet from flying by.
Why wait here Lord? What do you see?
Aghast, ashamed, that vessel's me!

His Love enveloped me, His power to change.
How I need Him now to rearrange.
But to serve the one I love the best?
Help me Lord to pass this test.

He made me over again His way,
Gently molding this piece of clay,
Never again in haste to say:
It's just an unused vessel.

Lord, make me how you see me fit.
Fashion every little bit.
Tarry now - complete your task.
To have your way is what I ask.


Maureen Gedge
"I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.

And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make."
(Jeremiah 18:3,4)

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Remember when "time out" was when the umpire called for a break? Then maybe you're as old as I am. The little blue chair, off to the side in my daughter's family room, is the "time out" spot. She has used it on only a few occasions. Her 2½ year old quickly connected sitting there with disciplinary action.

Last winter my husband and I rented a condo on our vacation. I saw the pictures in the bedroom, but it wasn't until we had been there several days that I really looked at them, while resting, and simply being still. Interesting, I thought, how you have to get quiet to really see.

Same with snorkeling. We don't do much of it anymore, but our family used to. It is so quiet under the surface of the water. And if you stay still, and hover over a reef, it is amazing and wonderful what comes out and what you notice.

Likewise with the Word. The Bible says, "Be still." I add, "and look at what you see with your spiritual eyes, the eyes of your soul."

For sure I need to discipline myself. Sitting still, looking, seeing, doesn't come too naturally for me. I enjoy being on the move. However, setting aside just ten minutes, and putting my own self in 'time out,' is bound to make a difference.


Sally Kennedy
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline."
(Proverbs 1:7)

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Carmel Willis
"I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life."
(1 Timothy 1:16)

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