Thursday, 17 May 2012

Risen, Ascended .....

Today Christians celebrate the Ascension. The moment that Jesus, who had risen from the dead, ascended to heaven.

Now there's a bunch of words that Christians use, but what do they mean?

Yesterday my sister and I went to my Uncle's funeral. I haven't seen much of his family over the years, yet we were warmly welcomed. The funeral was conducted with gentle, quiet dignity in the local Roman Catholic church and then at the cemetry for his burial.

It was at the burial that the words said at the funeral meant most to me. The words were of family; 'our brother', 'God, our Father' ....

Even though I struggle with using gender terms for God - I appreciate the words from the book of Genesis when describing the creation of humanity .. "So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" - it is our language that is limited. In God is all humanity, all creation.

So, even with the limitation of human language, I felt that kinship, the sense of God being close, embracing us at this moment of departing.

At the cemetry we were embraced by the trees that surrounded the site. Large, majestic trees, clothed in vibrant green and, for me, I was surrounded by heavenly splendour.

Risen, ascended? For Christians this is part of the message from God - we can all be part of the heavenly glory, the death of our human bodies is not the end.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Good Treasure

"The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks."

On the radio this morning I listened to an interview with the Dalai Lama. He has been in exile from his native Tibet for over fifty years and said that he bears no anger towards the Chinese authorities. Why have anger? He stated that such anger would only hurt himself.

It was a charming interview, as they normally are, full of chuckles. The interviewer said afterwards that it was the only time that her hand had been held during an interview.

I recognise such joyful human emotion when I hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well.

Do we store "good treasure" in our hearts?

The quote at the beginning? Said by Jesus Christ as recorded by Luke (Chapter 6, verse 45).

Happy treasure hunting ....

Monday, 14 May 2012


Welcome to Chaplains Chatter. I have purposefully not put an apostrophe in the title because I hope that readers may like to respond to my blogs and so it becomes our chatter not just my own.

So begins a journey, with hopefully a few tales to tell along the way. As news and thoughts arise I'll put them on the blog and we'll see where we travel.

See you along the way .....