- March 2014
- December 2013
- June 2013
- March 2013
- September 2013
- From the Editor’s Desk
- Bloom Where You Are Planted and Where You Are Transplanted
- The Change Game
- Ten Tender Weeks: The Countdown
- The Chap Who Lives in a Flat
- Conspiracy Theory
- The Closers
- He Knows
- Surprising Steps with a Friendly Wind
- If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!
- Walking the Talk
- Message in a Bottle
- January 2013
(John 4:13-14 NIV)
Steve and I chose to stay at a hotel off The Strip, which worked perfectly for our more conservative personalities. From our balcony, though, we were able to see the lights of The Strip blaze brilliantly into life as the sun set each day. From our vantage point, I was struck by the contrast between the over the top, man-made attractions of the city and the rugged, natural beauty of its surroundings. From that angle, away from the bustle and brightness, visitors are able to see the reality of Las Vegas.
Quite frankly, it is a desert.
The wonder is that this city has managed to survive and grow for as long as it has, thanks to underground springs and a large man-made lake. However, time is running out . . . and so is the water. According to one countdown, Las Vegas has less than 2700 days of water remaining based on current usage and supply.
I have to admit, I found Las Vegas fascinating, but not for the usual reasons. In it, I saw a spiritual parallel with the world that both disturbed and challenged me.
Now, I know some of you are saying, “Deb, you were in Las Vegas, baby. You didn’t have to look too hard to see spiritual parallels with the world.” And you would be right. However, it wasn’t the obvious things — the excess and extravagance, for example — that struck me. It was the dry, desert place that this city exists in.
Obviously, in a physical sense, without water there can be no life, and Las Vegas is currently working toward solutions to ensure the city can be sustained once that countdown comes to an end.
However, the same is very true in a spiritual sense. Without living water that comes from Jesus Christ alone, there can be no spiritual life. The appearance of life may be there, and at times may even seem very beautiful and abundant, but scratch beneath the surface and that life exists in a dry and barren land.
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are a spring of His living water, the Holy Spirit, and called to bring His life into desert places.
At times the desert may feel as though it is encroaching on us, but as Jesus said, “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.” We have a well that will never run dry. Our responsibility is to share it with a dry and dusty world that is thirsty for real life.
And that is exactly what the inspiring Suzanne R. calls us to do in her article Bloom Where You Are Planted and Where You Are Transplanted. Suzanne, an Australian working in Asia, has been living the truth of this for many years, and her message is a call to others to respond and become transplants for the Lord.
Keeping things Down Under a little longer, Noel Mitaxa shares encouragement about being led by the Spirit in his article Surprising Steps with a Friendly Wind. Our little acts of service and ministry may often seem fairly inconsequential in the big scheme of things, but when God is directing our steps those little things have the power to change lives.
Normally, Noel is the one to make us chuckle (or groan) with his penchant for puns, but it’s Danielle King who made me laugh in this issue with her story If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!. Fun story with a very good message at the end. Enjoy (I know I did)!
Still in a lighthearted vein, I’m sure most parents will remember the days of squirming babies and diaper changes. I well remember needing lightning reflexes to grab hold of my daughter’s leg before she scampered off mid-change — and that was 28 years ago. That’s why The Change Game by Christina Banks is such a pleasure to read.
Allison Egley adds to the humor in this issue when she revisits the old fable of the hare and the tortoise in her story Conspiracy Theory, and Verna Cole Mitchell wraps up the fun with her poem about The Chap Who Lives in a Flat.
Verna’s poems are always a delight, as are the poems of Sally Hanan and Margaret Kearley. Sally’s poem, He Knows, is straight from the heart, and Margaret’s poem Message in a Bottle will touch your heart, particularly when you realize this was inspired by a true story.
Most moving article of all was Carolyn Ancell’s Ten Tender Weeks: The Countdown, written about her mother’s final weeks and the blessing that time was to Carolyn and her brother.
Until next issue, happy reading with FaithWriters Magazine.
Editor, FaithWriters Magazine