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One of the hardest things to do in our lives is trust. We are confronted with this everyday in one form or another. We have to trust the engineers who designed the cars and buses we travel in, the bridges we use, the high rise buildings we work or live in. We have to trust, to a certain extent, the politicians we elect, the teachers, doctors, nurses etc who are involved in our daily lives. And we have to trust the people we associate with at work or on the team we play for. We need to be able to trust our friends and family members.

All of this, in the course of our daily life is frequently taken for granted. We believe and trust the bridges will stay up, the buildings won’t collapse and our friends and family will be loyal. But it takes trust. That trust is learned and earned over time and through experience. Sometimes it fails us and we are let down. At other times we are the source of the failure. In any case we still need that trust and need to work at building it and supporting it.

St Theresa of Avila said: “Consider seriously how quickly people change, and how little trust is to be had in them; and hold fast to God, Who does not change”. St Theresa seems to have found this truth through experience. Trusting God is always the best way. Waiting on Him will always have better results. God was faithful to the people of Israel in the Old Testament, even when they were not faithful to Him. He will always be our source for truth, goodness, and mercy.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

The greatest trust we can have and demonstrate, is that which we give to God.


History Re-written

In the last 60 years there has been a great deal of change, on very many scales in our world. From technology, military, peoples, norms and morals of society etc. Which leaves us perhaps, feeling that there is little that is solid. That everything is in constant flux. Where did the stability go that we used to know. I wonder if we really ever had that, or was it more a slower pace of change. But change there always has been.

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Lake of Stars

When David Livingstone travelled through southern Africa in the 1880s he came upon a large lake which he called the Lake of Stars.

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Things we need (and don’t need)

If we can learn to distinguish between “want” and “need”, if we can learn to do with less and live within our means, then we can be better prepared for tomorrow and have a simplified, less cluttered life.

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