Saturday, 7 August 2021

Please pray for Athens as wildfires rage...

 

Hello dear friend,

Thank you for stopping by. The photograph above was taken from my balcony when I lived in Athens. Today, I am in Wales on a rainy day, clearing out my freezers and listening to news reports of my beloved Athens, surrounded by raging wildfires - fanned by hot, strong winds. And I am praying for those winds to drop - which will assist the firefighters in their heroic efforts.

I have witnessed this kind of situation in Greece. I have stood on my balcony and seen the blue sky, showing above, filled with helicopter after helicopter making its way to the sea at the bottom of the road to fill its gigantic bucket and then fly back, blades thwacking at the acrid air, to try to douse the flames. 

Thankfully for me, the actual fires were not close enough to be of danger to me. But there is always a chance that that may change. And it is a scary situation, even if the fires are at a little distance from you.

I had to stay indoors and close all windows to prevent breathing in the ash floating in the air. This, instead, liberally coated my white outdoor furniture with black smut, not my lungs. All the while I was praying for the poor people who were in danger of losing their life. And for all the poor animals and creatures that were losing theirs. Then, of course, there is the loss of property: homes, and contents, often garnered over a lifetime. And so much more. 

I am sharing this with you so that you can, perhaps, put yourself into the shoes of those in the line of fire and be encouraged to pray fervently for those in danger. Though I am a writer, I can scarcely imagine being caught up in the horror of this situation currently unfolding in Greece. There are reports of over 150 wildfires tearing mercilessly through the country, with two people dead already. 

This evening, over the sea of my former home in Palio Falro, the sunset will be a spectacular, surrealistic show.  With dark-purple horizontal banners streaming out from the dense black clouds of burnt matter, highlighted by a deep orange glow. A terrible, yet awe-inspiring beautiful sight to behold, which is seared into my memory and bound up with fear and sadness.

And so I ask again that you pray for all involved in this nightmare. You could say the following prayer, of one of your own:

Dear Lord Jesus, please have mercy on the people in Athens caught up in the wildfires, and on every one of Your living creatures. And as You calmed the wind that day on the boat with Your disciples, please do the same now for Greece, and Turkey, and everywhere else under threat of such fires. I ask this in Your name Lord. And I thank You for Your great mercy. Amen.

With every blessing.

Teresa

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Captain Sir Tom Moore and Christian Sacrifice

 

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What Sir Tom Moore taught me about Christian service, sacrifice and obedience

Major General Roddy Porter reflects on the lessons Christians can take from the inspirational life of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who passed away yesterday at the age of 100

Every crisis breeds its heroes, and this Coronavirus pandemic is no exception.

The sacrifices of our NHS staff and volunteers, and the dedication of our teachers around the UK have inspired us every day. But the exploits of the man we pause to remember today, Captain Sir Tom Moore, outshine them all. 

Sir Tom, who died yesterday, personified in his 100-year-old frame, the nobility of the human spirit. He is a symbol of the 'never say die' attitude of those who, moulded in the furnace of past crises, rise to the surface to lead or inspire whenever danger or tribulation call.

Tom Moore's whole life was one of service and sacrifice, showing drive and motivation in his early years, a career in engineering was denied him by the advent of the second world war. Like so many of his generation, he endured privation and the heat of battle with determination and calm assurance. He was part of the forgotten 14th army fighting on in Burma after the war in Europe had ended.

After his war, he quietly got on with life in the army, then in business, marrying and indulging his adventurous spirit in his love of racing motorbikes, which he did with some success. And that might have been his postscript, until approaching his 100th birthday, April 6 2020 that sense of determination to 'do his bit' resurfaced, and he set off on his now famous garden walk, hoping to raise £1,000 for the NHS.

What happened next is well known: £32 million raised, an army guard of honour at the finish line, an RAF flypast and over 16,000 cards on his 100th birthday, not to mention a knighthood from the Queen and two entries in the Guinness Book of Records (for the most money raised in any individual fundraising walk, and for the oldest person to record a number one hit).

Captain Sir Tom Moore reminded me that we can all do our bit to help our neighbour or our nation.

Often the hardest part is simply starting off. Getting going. But Tom set off, and the rest is history.

His determination to make a difference reminds me that to take the first simple step in obedience to God's word, or his calling, is to unleash the full power of heaven in our support.

Is Jesus calling you to do something today, some act of obedience, or some decision to step out in faith? Why don't you take a leaf out of Captain Tom's book and take the first step and see what God will do?

Major General Roddy Porter served in the British Army for 31 years, and is now chief executive of Military Ministries International


Hello dear friend,

I hope you are well! 

I am sharing the above article from Premier Christian Radio online as I, along with millions, feel a great sadness at Captain Sir Tom's passing, and this piece is so informative and inspiring. I hope you enjoy it and that it lifts you up to do something for someone else today.

Love and blessings

Teresa 

Saturday, 16 January 2021

You’re more successful than you think!

 


Hello dear friend,

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are keeping well despite everything...

I am thinking about success today. Perhaps you are rich and at the top of your ladder. You may even have fame to go along with it. But. Does that mean that in the game of life you have actually been successful?

Like many things it depends on the way you look at it. 

As this is a Christian blog let’s look at it in a Christocentric way. God is love and if we don’t actively consider the need to be loving in everything we do, then… Draw your own conclusion, I’m not here to judge you!

If you take a look at the following poem and compare it to your own life, your own interactions, you may find gaps or similarities in it.

SUCCESS

Success is speaking words of praise,

in cheering other people's ways,

in doing just the best you can,

with every task and every plan.

It's silence when your speech would hurt,

politeness when your neighbour's curt.

It's deafness when the scandal flows,

and sympathy with others' woes.

It's loyalty when duty calls.

It's courage when disaster falls.

It's found in laughter and in song.

It's in the silent time of prayer,

in happiness and in despair.

In all of life and nothing less,

we find the thing we all success.

                                          Anon

I hope you found those sentiments as thought provoking as me. Time for a quick prayer I think.

Dear Lord, I am sorry for all the times I am not loving in my actions and words.

Please help me as I choose to become successful as a Christian by being as loving as possible in all situations.

I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wishing you a good day. Keep safe.

God bless

Teresa 

 PS For further inspiration check out my website:  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk  

 PPS Don't forget to check out my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - which is a practical guide to joyful living!   You can see the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns