Some people just get on and do. No fuss, they just find a place where they can quietly help out. For one such septuagenarian, Annette Wessling, it has been a case of finding not one but several places to lend a helping hand and a listening ear.
As a teenager I came across In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. This is a novel in which a handful of Christians decide to ask what Jesus would do before they make each decision. Their community is transformed. I thought, ‘I need to do that’. Well, I made it about three days before giving up.
Our journey through life is filled with millions of steps. Even though we live in an era of fast-moving vehicles, walking is still an important aspect of daily life. It’s generally thought that walking 10,000 steps a day is a positive way to help keep blood pressure down and heart disease at bay.
Over the Easter weekend, my wife and I were guests at an African youth affirmation event and had the privilege of joining hundreds of colourfully dressed and exuberant young people while they encouraged each other – it was full on!
Being called a ‘Ham’ may not be too flattering for most people, but for Western Australian retiree John Stephens it is a badge of honour. That’s because the 85-year-old has been a ‘Ham’ for most of his life – an amateur radio operator that is.
Last year I had the incredible opportunity to represent the LCA/NZ in the international ‘Like a Tree’ conference run by Mission EineWelt, the partnership, development and mission arm of Germany’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria.
God’s Spirit also works through Christian meditation. This includes any contemplative practice that allows the Holy Spirit to centre and grow us in Christ. It’s about God’s Word (which includes Jesus Christ) and God’s love coming alive in us.