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London update Lulu, october

30 Oct

‘So your contract with Stewardship is two years in London? Two years is a very short time for developing relationships in the UK.’

This was part of my opening conversation with my Vicar from St. Luke’s in Kentish Town, London, In March in February 2013.

 

It has taken Priscilla and me almost two years to fully absorb the full extent and meaning of these words. People have been very open to us here. But I come back to Jon’s words.

 

What is their meaning today, 30 October?

We have committed to stay in London; we need to live and love here.

A long story short.

 

We prayed and sought counsel. Three people who did not really know each other said this sentence exactly to Priscilla and myself:

‘Your work has just began here; we, you have just gotten started.’

To hear this exact phrase from 3 different people in one week we feel & reason it are not individuals speaking but The Lord.

 

So, NYC friends and family know

 

This was the hardest hardest decision we have ever made as a couple. Those who know us know I roll with and into big decisions; Priscilla processes everything. I processed this decision; she made a relatively quick decision

Learning point: we change; he leads; we grow

 

So…

 

Some new news

We have to move from Hampstead for a variety of reasons; it has been a beautiful time here but we need to move

 

Our new flat is 49 York Street # 2 in Westminster W1H 1PU. It is as Central London in a nice area-(our Tube stop is Bakers street!) and we are ten minutes by Tube from Paddington station and right by both Hyde and Regents parks.

Our landlords are a lovely lovely Christian couple. The husband is an Elder in a PCA church in the UK (one of the few here) we hopefully will be there 10 December.

 

Stewardship is renewing my contract and is giving me great flexibility in timing and working from home. (In the /our States home) My latest writings you can register and see

here

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Priscilla spoke at St Luke’s on 20 October for the women’s meeting on vulnerability from chapters 1 & 2 of Nehemiah.

 

Sadly, Priscilla fell on 23 October and broke her wrist in 3 places. Hospital care here is great; lovely. She has 2 plates in her arm and is resting and recovery. Simply put: she tripped.

But as my friend Ben said: She got three broken bones in her wrist; Boy I would hate to see the other guys face

 

He looks bad.

 

We are well.

 

Love

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Jesus wept.’ (John 11:35)

12 Sep

Lord Jesus Christ, the good steward

Centuries ago, some anonymous monk who was busy numbering verses decided that these two words should form the shortest verse in the Bible. I suppose you could say that he was a good steward. The verse is such a great one to repeat to ourselves. In just two words it captures the entire mission of Jesus, to seek and save the lost – to seek and save by His tears. John is a master storyteller. Having walked with Jesus as they travelled to Lazarus’ home, he is clear about where he wants our focus to rest. Where? On the tears. We read how Jesus is deeply moved in spirit when He sees Mary (verse 33), how He weeps (verse 35) and is again ‘deeply moved’ at the tomb (verse 38).

It reminds me so much of the way the book of Hosea describes God’s affections for His children:

 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love;

I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.

 But the story does not end there. Despite God’s love and care, His children wandered away from Him. Hosea 11 closes with these painful words:

 How can I give you up, Ephraim?

How can I hand you over, Israel?

…My heart is changed within me

All my compassion is aroused.

 Hidden within that word ‘changed’ is the sense of the God weeping, of God being moved by the slow decay of faith within His children. It perfectly foreshadows the tears of Jesus over the death of Lazarus. Both Father and Son are deeply moved – changed, if you like – for the same simple reason: they love us.

 The monk who chose those two words to form John 11:35 may have been a good steward, but this passage reveals the lengths to which Jesus – the ultimate good steward – went to in order to seek out and save.

 Remember that a steward is both a ruler and a servant, one who exists to please his master. A good steward is a paradox. A good steward – like a good parent – gives life and shares pain.

 Nobody hates death more than God. Yet Jesus chose death Himself just so that we might escape it.

 Jesus entered the tomb, so that we might walk out.

find more blogs like this over on my other blogging space: www.stewardship.org.uk/blog