Thursday, November 11, 2004

Potchefstroom hier kom ons

At last! We have an address in Potchefstroom! Which I won't publish on the net - but if you need it, e-mail me.

Busy packing my flat up and sorting things out - books and stuff and more stuff all on top of each other. At the same time we're painting the place up.

Got my friend Mark helping me to scrape and melt stinky paint off the picture rails and stuff.

Oh well, life is good, must send pics...

God Bless,
Gus


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Collaring!

On Sunday the 31st of October 2004 I was collared! My circuit of churches has sent me on my journey into the ministry. I guess its all too much to take in and understand at the moment, but it slowly seeps into my soul, like the gospel.

Today I blog from my favourite coffee shop in Cape Town (Kalk Bay actually) The Olympia Cafe! It's Tuesday and I'm on leave for a month - a beautiful day and time for me to reflect on where God - the one who holds me by the colar is taking me! The crazy guy at church thought the colar was hilarious and kept asking me to bark like a dog! Prophetic? I hope not.

But I did just see a big great dane walk past the window - ginormous compared to the person who held its leash - it could have dragged her from here to Somerset West, but it chose to submit - actually it was holding the leash in its mouth, walking along happy as mud!

If I was a dog, I would want to be a Great Dane - big, gentle, strong and quite affectionate. God gives me the freedom to bolt and run off, but I choose to wear my collar and with all my heart, I hope to hold the leash in my mouth, knowing where God is leading me every moment. (I can only pray that God will give me this grace.)

Leaving the congregation at Church Street is sad for me, relationships built up over the past couple of years will fade again, I confess I have guarded my heart with the knowledge that we would be moving off. I guess its a hazard of ministry, developing a hardened heart that won't let people in for fear of being hurt by departure etc.

Oh well, its a journey and I am just young - life with God goes on and I grow with it. Hopefully with the leash in my mouth, excited about the new adventure that my master leads me on.

(Woof!)

Journeying with Nouwen

Nouwen has been my companion over the past few years. One small book - The Return of the Prodigal Son (A story of homecoming) - Its only 150 pages long and its taken me about 5 years to get near the end.

Nouwen forces me to stop after each paragraph - to think and reflect - to return to it - to go back to life, slowly to chip away at the depth of wisdom! And soul carving that the book portrays. Its a book that moulds my conscience.

Learning to love and be loved by God, to recognise God's love for all those around me! Nouwen's book slowly leads me - a leash in God's hands I pray.