#fridayfootprints – Friday 23rd July 2021

My wilderness is a journey following the sounds of His whispers. It is a journey of discovery. A path that moves from darkness through to the lighter shades of white in faith that one day I will be blessed enough to reach the ‘light behind the white’.

By no means is this a linear path, but as with all wilderness’ it involves many detours, and pitstops along the way. Yet, the destination is always the same, even when the focus may become rather blurred.

Any wilderness is about discovery and a chance to immerse ourselves in creation. It is more about savouring each morsel. Touching, tasting and experiencing His miraculous presence in the smorgasbord He lays out before us.

Any wilderness is a map though the arteries of our soul. It is about feeling the rhythmic pulse of His Grace and Redemption in every pump of our whisper enhanced lives.

50 shades of white is the gift of a journey to experience God in humanly manageable bites until His full Glory dawns upon us as His Gift of the Holy Spirit gives us our first taste of heaven.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 16th July 2021

As the last vestiges of our winter cling to the shadows of the sun, there are signs that the garden is slowly awakening to a new season.

The choir sings. Bells – ‘ting-a-ling, and the Sunbirds share a mic!

And so, a Creation Concert starts rehearsals for what promises to be a ‘sold out’ spring show. The items on the programme, like life itself, build slowly until they reach the final climax.

No doubt there will be drama with spectacular floral costumes boasting all the colours that burst from the dye vats stirred by angels. There will be comic relief from the dry witted mammals with their stage fright eyes as they jostle for the limelight. The multitude of flying insects provide the mystical atmosphere as they dance in and out of the sunlight rays and a rainbow of birds make up a chorus line of sounds fit to grace the highest stage in heaven.

To pause; then stroll through this rehearsal is allowing the Conductors hand to wave away the burdens we carry. His baton orders the notes of His whispers until the symphony of the wilderness is perfected n time for the opening night. Rise in ovation to His Glory and Grace. Rise and let the Holy Spirit add you to the cast!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 9th July 2021

The glowing embers of our humanity are deeply embedded in the belief system that we carry with us on our journey through our wilderness.

For some, this belief system consists of a recipe made up of ingredients drawn from how we interact with the world we see around us and the world that we feel in our imaginative core.

The closer we come to experiencing creation the more these embers get fanned into glowing coals until they are hot enough to burst into flame with the slightest whisper.

His whisper!

When we can open our eyes and hearts to more than just our own existence and start to explore a journey of the soul down the river of our baptism then the fire of the Holy Spirit that has lain dormant is coaxed into an eternal wildfire of whispers in His wilderness.

It is then that we fulfil our calling to fan the embers of faith in the wilderness’  that we discover around us and the souls that inhabit them.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 2nd July 2021

Footprints are the marks we leave behind us as we journey through creation.

Trackers will tell from the evidence imprinted on the ground, much of what the maker of the tracks was doing. The sign reveals; speed, weight, direction, time, (sometimes) gender, and often state of mind.

Every move we make, every action, reflects our intent. Our footsteps are a chance to become an echo for His whispers for those that follow the marks we leave in our wake.

My soul, through my sole, leaves hints and examples of my purpose, driven by the indwelling of the Spirit which guides my every move. Each step carries the same importance as I try to follow His whispers in the wilderness.

My thought-prints lie like confetti pressed into the bridal path of my journey with Christ and the sole of my soul travels with Him.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 25th June 2021

Our ‘seeing’ eyes are not our glasses, but rather a lens which we focus past our heart into the deepest part of our soul.

It is here that we determine how we see the world and how we see God. How we look at the world can often decide as to how the world sees us. Seeing the world though a rose-tinted lens requires that we decide which stage of the rose’s blossom we focus on. We can see the colour and light, or we can see the dried and shrivelled petals waiting for the slightest breeze to sever them from the plant.

If I see a negative and dead flower, do I not condemn the world around me and my faith to being the same?

Seeing a rose in full bloom reflects the vision of His whispers in the wilderness for a world that needs to be dug and weeded, pruned, cared for, and then harvested for His Glory!

We will always see the specks of dust, rather leave them for the plants to use as part of their growing medium than let them blur the vision of what His creation was meant to be.

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#ffridayfootprints – Friday 18th June 2021

Folklore has it that feathers are the footprints of angels!

Finding feathers is finding evidence of the Risen Lord. Blessed by the waters of our baptism are the droplets that lie basking in the reflection of His light that shines out into the world.

The light behind the white dispels the shadows in my world.

That there are angels standing guard around His created garden that I find myself in, is a comforting feeling. Heaven’s soldiers provide a line of defence in a constant battle against sin, yet at the same are an acknowledgement of His saving Grace.

 Folklore or not, I dwell in a place blessed by His presence as creation embraces me. That there are angels in my every waking and sleeping moments is borne out by the whispers that float on the wing beats that echo through the labyrinth of my soul.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 11th June 2021

Dancing for the dawning Son,

Dancing when the praying’s done.

Filled with light, are lightened hearts,

A garden dances as the moon departs.

They worship now, their praising sings,

Fleet foot flowers with wings and things.

Such joy in a garden is found in the simplest of His creative forms. The pleasure we derive from hours spent in His abundant beauty that surrounds us, is a gentle reminder of His continued guidance in our lives as He has guided creation from the beginning of time.

How great is the miracle that He loves us enough to share it in every waking moment that we exist?

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 4th June 2021

Passion, imbued from the fires of creation are at the core of the soul of mankind.

The same passion present at the beginning of time, lies dormant, waiting to explode through the pollen of our baptism to fertilize the seeds of our commission on earth.

Passion, that we see daily in His magnificent creation that surrounds us, explodes with the breath of His Spirit into a furnace of Faith as we go forth into the world.

If we are to live for one thing, let it be passion. If we are to die for one thing let it be so that can imbibe at His table. Let us be seen to be drunk with His spirit. That our only care is that we live for Him and He in us.

Let the air from His whisper be the wind that stokes the fire of passion, born to be in His service.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 28th May 2021

Intimate sounds of talking flowers. Side by side they talk for hours.

Time spent immersed in God’s creation paints a picture of nature in all its abundant glory. A picture that can be as simple as two flowers in a pot or as magnificent as the natural vistas that call as to explore beyond visible horizons.

Of all the whispers in all the wildest places; that God whispers at all, is a miracle of Grace!

That He still speaks to us, speaks volumes of His sacrifice.

If we could but hear the conversations of the flower faces, discern the words of the Robin’s melody, we could write their lyrics. So to, for the cricket’s chirp, the frog’s croak and the leave’s rustle. We would hear voices of continuous praise for their creator and fill pages of song sheets with their words.

If only we could be more like them. Just talking faces in a pot, praising God for being able to blossom! Thanking Him for being the Gardener that cares for us so diligently and faithfully.

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#fridayfootptints – Friday 21st May 2021

Anoint me: Baptised; outside and in becomes a reality when we realise that the wilderness we live in can be a paradise when we allow His creative miracle to work within the body that we have emptied in preparation for Him. We empty this space for the Spirit to come and fill.

Suddenly the whispers we hear become a booming crack as His word breaks the sound barrier. It overwhelms every fibre of our being at the speed of light on its way to the very core of our existence on the breath of His wind.

Such is the miracle birth of the Holy Spirit within us. A Spirit that seeks to guide us out into the world to Glorify His Triunal name with the fire and passion that was part of our anointment.

May your spark be ignited whilst the droplets still glisten from your baptism.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 14th May 2021

That there is a promise of a companion, a comforter throughout our journey here on earth and beyond ‘to the very end of age’ is sometimes beyond the boundaries of our wisdom.

That there is a promise for our wilderness journey to be accompanied by more than just a whisper, but a physical presence that will hold our soul in the palm of His hand and guide us where we need to go, stretches our understanding of salvation and grace to the limits.

And so, the wait for the counsellor to equip us for the journey begins.

We gather in prayer and thanksgiving. We praise the Lord that we started our journey with Him and as we abide in Him, we surrender so that He may abide in us.

Come Holy Spirit Come!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 7th May 2021

Seeking the core of a relationship with God is made possible travelling through the labyrinth of pathways guided by the Holy Spirit.

He is our guide through the tendrils that make up the universe of our soul ‘till we find the source of the whispers in our wilderness. He introduces us to the time warp in the space that our innermost being is not “I” but God.

Yet, it is the “I” that waits patiently for Him to appear. I seek solace in His word. I find comfort in meditation and in the stillness that the night brings, an escape from the ceaseless noise of being.

Through the Holy Spirit, His core will be revealed, and I will be able to walk with Him in eternal wonder at miracle of His Grace. In His Peace, time and space will cease to exist.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 30th April 2021

The tiny embers are barely visible. Tendrils of smoke give evidence of a fire in disguise.

A fire that will spring to life with just one breath. One wind that blows out of the wilderness.

If there was no faint burning coal, no barely visible trail of its existence then the wind, the breath, the one single exhale would not have happened.

We are all in possession of an ember. For all, the faint vapour trail that surrounds us is enough to know that His breath can coax that glowing ember into a fire that will rage with a passion for Him.

Smoke on the water, is not a fire in the skies after the Deep Purple song. The smoke is on the waters of our baptism, it is a fire in disguise, waiting for the Holy Spirit to fan it into the most glorious, warming acknowledgement of un-ending Grace which He bestows on mankind should we ask for it.

We wait in the wilderness not for a whisper, but for a howling wind to fan the tongues of flame.

Then with a fire in our hearts we will tell His whispers to the world.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 23rd April 2021

The waters of our baptism are the reflection of path of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Footprintss of His purity that pace across the serene silence of His whispers.

It is the opening of our minds that leads us to understand the purpose of His words gleaned from the pages of our wilderness.

Through the peace and calmness, we submit ourselves to the path He has prepared us for. It is through His wisdom that we learn in the face of all adversity. Be still my soul that I may seek His footsteps on the still waters, and that His presence will be with me in all that lies ahead.

I would be shrouded in His peace that I may be close to Him and He to me, guided in perpetual communion with Him.

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#fridayfootprints = Friday 16th April 2021

Out the darkness comes a silent breath that whispers over the surface of my existence. A wind that is gentle enough to float dandelion seeds to the softest of landings. A breath powerful enough to break the bondages of the burdens we carry.

A wind, when breathed, that changed the course of history is the same wind that fans the flames of Christian growth in the Spirit.

It all started with one breath.

One whisper on His triumphant return from the wilderness.

One breath, one wind, one Spirit that was to make the journey worth living for. And dying for! One breath that blows the ‘self’ out of our daily lives.

He lived to breath on us a whisper in our wilderness! Feel His breath and feel your hairs rise to meet it.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 9th April 2021

Washed clean! The degree as to just how clean, is only fully understood over the days following the resurrection.

The blood shed on the dust of the prison courtyard, on the Via Dolorosa and that dripped onto a patch of earth below the cross on Golgotha, is a brutal graphic reminder of what took place.

Yet, it was what followed that showed us how necessary it was.

Whilst we should react in shame to such a necessity, we are instead blessed by the cleansing action of His empty grave and His continued presence amongst us.

Whilst the angry cries of the men, women and soldiers gathered for His trial and crucifixion should have drowned out everything, it was His whispers through an empty grave that washed over me and His Grace that continues to whisper on every Emmaus road I travel so that I may return from each journey and say, “He Lives”!

“I have seen my Lord and He lives; I know my Lord and I am cleansed.”

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 2nd April 2021

On this day in our Christian calendar, one sacrifice requires another – the death to self.  The most difficult sacrifice that I (we) face daily.

What more can we say as we listen to His whispers in the wilderness that sound out as a cry to our father in Heaven?

“Into your hands I commit my Spirit ..”  – my life, my work, my passion, my all.

Be with me Lord in the days of my lifetime ahead because this is the hardest thing to do!

Into your hands, where I can feel you as I am cherished in the palms of creation. Into your hands where I can feel your Peace engulf me. Into your hands I place my complete trust that our relationship is bound in an everlasting union, on earth as it will be in heaven.

Lord. let your whispers pierce me that I may walk with your guiding hand on a journey through eternity.

Into your hands!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 26th March 2021

Like dancers they float on the stage of my faith.

A portal to paradise, His Spirit, His Grace.

The orchestra sounds out a wilderness hymn,

the Pas de Deux floats, first me then Him.

He grasps, I twirl,

the conductor’s baton,

an arm’s length swirl.

In the dying days of Lent we draw closer to our ‘Portal to Paradise’ through His whispers in the wilderness. A dance with the Trinity to take us into an everlasting dance with Him.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 19th March 2021

 The late summer rains lie heavily on the plants in my wilderness and the waters of my baptism are a weight that bends my Lenten soul!

As light as the ‘ashes’ are, I feel the extra burden that my baptism brings to my times of reflection as I listen for his whispers.

Whilst the rain is desperately needed, as is the baptism; both bring their share of responsibility that leave me pleading for the Son to shine again.

Yet, this is the Lenten course we follow. Our service is to Him and is His alone. So, as I bend, I pray on ‘bended’ knee for my ashes to be mixed with the droplets for together they form a medium for new growth, new plants, and new flowers to bloom in His creation.

That is His whisper in the wilderness!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 12th March 2021

To hold the beauty of nature in your hand is to feel creation connecting with your soul.

We cannot but marvel at nature’s glory without crediting God for the world He created for us to live in. To let nature speak to us through sight, sound and touch is to allow God into the innermost part of our being.

It is then that the Holy Spirit starts His dance upon the synapses of our existence until every cell is focused on the Glory of God.

Could we, would we …. want it any other way?

Dance Your dance, that I may dance with the Lord to the music of nature’s bounty, that I may sing His praises to the beat of a butterfly’s wings, that I may go on bended knee and worship Him, Creator of all things!

Whisperer in my wilderness, your embrace holds me in the palm of Your hand.

Hallelujah!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 5th March 2021

Filaments that stand tall as their last remaining embers lie in the path of the Spirit’s wind. They wait for His breath to be funnelled towards them that they may glow anew and burst into flame.

With anxious patience they await His whispers that will bring newfound seeds to be strewn by the Gardener’s hand.

One glance at the miracles of His creation in nature leave us awestruck by what He is capable of.

Come Holy Spirit, come, Blow Holy Wind, blow!

Let me be renewed in the wilderness of your whispers.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 26th February 2021

A walk in any garden brings us closer to Him.

Is there a colour or shape, hue or form that does not show us in intimate detail, the miracle of creation that surrounds us?

That His Hand, His Will and His Grace are there for us to see, is surely the root of our Faith.

Through this, in its simplest form we are drawn deeper and deeper until we experience His Peace. A Peace which surpasses all understanding is the peace that He gives to us.

Delve deep into the core of His creation and be overwhelmed by His Peace!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 19th February 2021

When we raise our arms in worship, we open the portal to our innermost being for the Holy Spirit to enter – the cathedral of our soul.

And when He enters, we feel His warming glow refresh our Faith. Such is the power of His presence deep within us.

Without our arms raised upward our core remains closed to His whispers and our wilderness becomes a dry and desolate place un-pollinated by His Word.

Raise up and rise. Praise and worship are food for the soul and are best achieved with head and heart and arms pointing to Him.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 12th February 2021

The sunbirds of our garden know their “sweet stuff” and they have a good idea as to who supplies it.

Do we know what our “sweet stuff” is?

Sometimes when something is taken away, we get to discover what we really miss.

The church has been like that. Take away the church and suddenly people were lost. Not because they could not get the sermon, or sing or pray, but simply because they could not get fellowship. The missing element was the close contact with like-minded Christians coming together in fellowship with God.

This was our wilderness: our temptation so to speak. Our challenge or rather the challenge laid out before us. How do we get His whispers heard?

Our sweet stuff is in His whispers, but more that this, it was in whispers intimately shared in fellowship with souls of similar spiritual need.

The challenge facing all of us is to share His wealth of whispers with those we meet in the wilderness that we find ourselves in, to the best of our ability in the midst of the protocols of Covid-19.

Where two or three are gathered in His name is the sweet stuff – savour its nourishing force.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 5th February 2021

Creation has a way of showing us just how simple life can be when we take the time to enjoy the bursts of life that explode around us.

Like a New Year’s fireworks display we gaze in awe and wonder at the magnificence around us. And indeed the ‘Fireball’ welcomes in another year. A year where we can listen to His whispers in the wilderness and draw comfort from the bounty of His endless Grace.

A year that without even noticing; one month has already passed.

And it is then that we see the need to be drawn to a simpler relationship with Him.

Just as the Fireball Lily explodes into our world, so does the Holy Spirit long to explode into our lives with such force that we are lit up like a Catherine wheel sending our sparks into the world.

Imagine if we saw people bursting with the same passion as the flowers onto the landscape of humanity?

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 29th January 2021

Never was the cup so sweet!

Communion with Christ in nature. A celebration of a sacred relationship between sinner and Saviour. A celebration of His love for us.

In nature, the whispers of the wilderness are visible to reinforce this bond. The sights and sounds of His symphony are played out daily if we only take the time to notice it.

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has robbed us of so much – it has given us much more in return.

It has given us time to reflect on the world around us. A world of our own making. It has given us time to see, hear and feel that we need to take stock of where we stand in our relationship with Him and our relationship with the people around us. It has taken us on a sightseeing tour of what the world really looks like. It has shown us that we need to take “self” out of the equation.

If we do, it is then that we finally come to see that His cup really is that sweet. And once we realise that we find ourselves sharing His delights with fellow congregants amongst His whispers in the wilderness. His church is in us and we are in His church!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 22nd January 2021

If we sometimes find ourselves on the coldest waters of our baptism, we need to reach into the core of our being.

It is there, deep down, that the Holy Spirit ensures a warm glow rises to meet us.

A warmth that will sustain us in our times of need. A self-perpetuating heat that has no limits to its life sustaining existence.

In a world under enormous pressure, we need this glow to manifest itself in our lives so that we can spread the warmth to those around us.

Let the flame of the Holy Spirit burst forth to be the whisper in the wilderness to all in need.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 15th January 2021

Search for the white that shows off the colours in your life.

If we did not have the white, we would not know the extent of the darkness that surrounds us. Without the light, there would not be shadows and highlights and low lights. Life would just be boringly dark and dreary.

Thanks to His light we can see the world for what it is. We can appreciate the colourful personalities that we come across and allow them to complete the colour palette of our worldly existence.

In the darkness, His whispers cannot not find us.

The wilderness is all but dark. It is filled with every colour and hue of His creation and this is where His whispers come into their own. Accented by the light and the colour on His canvas of our lives.

Find His white no matter how small it may appear, then seek out the light behind the white – even on the darkest of days – He will overcome!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 8th January 2021

Finding ‘Peace’ in 2021!

The Peace which surpasses all understanding is a peace that stretches into eternity – if you find it!

An eternal and all-encompassing peace. A peace which breaks free from the restrictions of Covid lockdowns. A peace that is content to social distance and wear a mask. A peace that will let God be God without trying to dictate to Him. A peace that is beyond the realms of our understanding

A peace that is not consumed by power but rather imbued with miracles.

The miracle working power of a Living Christ.

Finding your peace for 2021 is a process of first finding ourselves. If we have a clear conception of who and what we are, then we know what we are giving up to God. Finding the peace is easy after that. We do not need to understand God, rather we need to understand what we are giving up to God. Not that finding the Trinity is easy. It was never meant to be. Finding Him is the process of giving up our egos and self-interests, once we know what they are. After that, the ‘Peace’ will find you!

May 2021 not only bring you peace, rather may it lead you to show the road to peace to others – they may need it more than you do!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 1st January 2021

Who is it that whispers so quietly in the wilderness of my soul? Who is it that sends His roots into the core of my being?

Be still my soul, that I may listen closer still to what the whisperer says!

May 2021 be the year where you can still your soul until only His whispers filter through to your wilderness of His creation.

Listen to His whispers:

In the beat of a butterfly’s wings.

In the hum of the wind through a thistle’s seeds.

In the footsteps of the millipede as it walks across the moss.

Still my soul to hear these whispers.

2021 is a year to be so still that we hear every word of His and His vision for us! Whispers that are the silent, suffering cry of the wooden remains of Christ’s cross. Whispers of a “voice that cries in the wilderness,” through the masked plea of a people in need of fellowship. People who need to be bound in the ‘fellowship of a whisper’ – His whisper. So that we may grow roots together in the soil of His Word!

In the year ahead may His cross be at the core of your being as it is in His creation. May His Peace be with you through all the days that lie ahead. May His love permeate your life and may His Grace be enough for all that you seek.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 25th December 2020

Wrapped in swaddling clothes!

Swaddling clothes were there to create the right environment to transition from womb to world. Safe, secure, snug, calm, cherished, and at peace with our surroundings.

2020 was all but this!

In our individual ways we search for our own swaddling clothes. The church, which in so many ways, has provided this security blanket, was put out of our reach and we were exposed to a harsh, cruel world. Driven by greed, power, prejudice and entitlement, without the church and the comfort of its fellowship, there was no escape from it.

All humanity’s societal ills seemed amplified.

Most of us, as adults, needed ‘swaddling clothes’. Something! Anything that would bring us to a place as safe and as secure as the womb of our birth.

Even in the womb – we can hear His whispers. They penetrate through all the layers. We just need to listen. And then like the comforting sounds of a mother’s heartbeat and the rush and pulse of fluids being pumped through her body – so will His whispers in this wilderness give us peace if we seek out the womb of His creation.

May you find your swaddling clothes on this day of celebration of His birth into our world. Wrap yourselves anew in the swaddling clothes of the Trinity in Praise and Prayer. Become the infant He expects us to be in our Faith and savour the droplets of your baptism into His Kingdom.

Blessings on this special Christmas Day to all who have connected with #fridayfootprints over the past year. May you continue to find comfort and inspiration in the coming year “when the wilderness whispers”.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 18th December 2020

As we count off the final days of Advent, it has been a long nine months. For me it has been nine months of various stages of ‘lockdown’ and all the uncertainty that this has generated.

It has been almost nine months to find out that the new normal is not that different to the old normal, in that without an unwavering belief in all that the Trinity represents we will drown in the negativity that threatens to overwhelm us. And the new normal is much like the old normal in that I must rely on my personal relationship with God to get me through the day.

Above all, the new normal is the same as the old normal when I can spend time in His garden, admire His handiwork and learn from all the lessons He lays before me as I garden with Him. It is here that I can listen to His whispers in the wilderness. It is here that I can feel my chest swell with Praise and Prayer in concert with the birds and the frogs and the crickets. And it is here that I am humbled before the softest of touches as the breeze of His breath caresses my cheeks in the cathedral of His creation.

The final week of Advent is a time to complete the last preparations for a new birth in what He has promised to each of us. I count the days, then the hours and lastly the minutes in anticipation of a rebirth with Him and an entrance into a new cycle of our relationship.

Let your excitement build, savour it. Be blessed by the Holt Spirit as He waits patiently by your side!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 11th December 2020

Advent – A season that promises so much. A pregnant promise!

The promise is seen today as it was then; surrounded by darkness yet lit from a source of unfathomable power and even so there are creatures waiting to suck the life blood from God’s creation.

As we look around us in nature and at the world at large, the searched for promise lies hidden in the wombs of our wilderness. It takes a whisper from above to reveal His hidden Glories all around us and a reminder that time cannot be hurried. All will be revealed in due course.

Our focus needs to be on Him and His promise. The call to wait the full term is whispered from on high and we would do well to heed His call.

Patience dear souls, the birth pains are coming, and then:- And then we should be prepared to exalt Him! Oh, how our arms ache to be raised in worship.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 4th December 2020

Feel the eyes boring a hole between your shoulder blades! Ever felt it before?

Have you had the feeling where, not only the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention, but also the hairs on your arms and that pin prick of pain in the centre of your spine that you just can’t explain.

Sometimes the feeling is a figment of our imagination, and then there are the times when the feeling is real and the intruder is an innocent garden visitor waiting for you to vacate his favourite feeding spot.

Yet, how many times that we attribute these feelings to the mind playing tricks on us, is it really the Trinity watching over us more intensely than normal. Times when our thoughts dwell on the “what if’s” and “if when’s”. In other words, times when our mind seeks deeper meaning than it can find in our daily thoughts. Times when we our mind is distracted from our heart! A time when we seek more from our surroundings and situations than is immediately apparent and when we need ‘Divine Attention’ even though we do not actively seek it out.

It is then that we get the chance to feel His eyes, stronger than His whisper, and He sees us in the nakedness of our desperation. And when we turn to see who is watching us, we should surely recognise Him from the stillness that engulfs us and our soul swells in praise to meet His Triunal presence – pregnant with the Holy Spirit.

May you feel His eyes when you are distracted from Him in the week ahead. Feel Him as He seeks you out. Then embrace Him, and whisper back in acknowledgment of His visit. May His Grace be with you.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 27th November 2020

It has been a long, long year!

So many people have and are struggling to cope with ‘lockdowns’, lay-offs, hardships in many shapes and forms and the impact of various levels of fellowship starvation!

So yes, the blues have taken hold of the general human psyche.

We see the blue without noticing the scattered specks of white. We focus on the blue and not on the white. We focus on ourselves and not on the Trinity. It is the Trinity in its triunal form that gives us the specks of white to concentrate on.

Perhaps this has been the message all along. Spend more time with Me! Study Me. Listen to Me. Praise Me. Worship Me. Let Me inside you.

Just one speck of white. One snowflake on a sea of blue, one floret of His creation and the world will start to feel like a better place. Once we find that fellowship with Him, the white will grow until its whisper surges through our being until there is no space left for the blue in our wilderness.

As we prepare to enter Advent, so we are presented with His symphony, of colour, sounds, shapes and textures as the fulfilment of creation. We prepare for His promise of a Light to the world, a light so white that the tiniest speck is enough to dispel any darkness within us.

Find the white and let its light brighten your darkest days in the week ahead.  A light to still each soul and bring peace!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 20th November 2020

(part two)

Following on from last week’s ‘Aloe, it’s me’, just had to be ‘Aloe from the other side.’

Focused, zoom(ed) in, like so many have been doing for the bulk of 2020,  Surely, we should come to realise that the Trinity is entirely focused on each of us, individually!

Is it so impossible to think that God could, in fact, be calling us?

In the chorus of the Adele’s hit song that I mentioned last week, are the follow-up lines: “Hello, from the other side. I must’ve called a thousand times.”

Whilst we spend so much time trying to compete with what we perceive to be a barrage of prayer requests to God; we spend hardly any time at all in listening …. Or, just picking up the phone when it rings.

Isn’t that what He is really expecting of us? He is calling us ‘a thousand times’ we just have to answer the phone, so to speak, and listen.

To spend time quiet and alone with God allows us to feel His focus on us. To feel as He zooms in to the inner core of our being. And when we feel this, we know that He speaks not only to our heart, but to our head and our naked soul. The gap for this long-distance call disappears and we feel His presence as we absorb His nature.

And as we absorb His nature, we are one with the whisper in the wilderness.

In the week ahead, do not wait for the phone to ring, just pick it up and listen. Still your mind and listen. God will do the rest! Enjoy Him!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 13th November 2020

Sometimes it is a desperate shout. At others, a resigned mumble, a plea to be recognised amidst the fear that God’s attention is being directed at others more deserving than ourselves. That the problems which consume the very nature of our own humanity are insignificant compared to those that God directs His attention.

“Aloe, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet.” (to borrow from the Adele hit of 2015.) Is a heartfelt cry!

Aloe, it’s me! The battle to be seen in the crowd. When we think that we know best and try to beseech God to adhere to our wants and wishes. We seek to identify with a concept that says our needs are more important than His.

We exist entirely as His creation. And therein lies the conundrum. The battle that has been fought for centuries in an effort to find some price that we can pay as a guarantee for our existence even when we know that it is just not possible. Something that will allow us to break from the shackles of total reliance on Him!

Yet, at the same time our cry of “Aloe it’s me” drowns out the very whispers from the wilderness that we rely on for instruction.

The price was His to pay and has been paid. In Full!

Whether we gather to pray in groups or in isolation, the prayers should be centred on Him. It is our wilderness and His whisper. May your prayer, praise and worship focus entirely on Him in the week ahead as you seek His guidance.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 6th November 2020

No matter how hard we try, most of us remain but a pale reflection of the person we believe ourselves to be. Let alone what God expects us to be!

As Christians, a part of the Worship and Glory we offer up as a token of our love for the Lord, is to strive to become a better reflection of Him on earth. The process of dying to self and giving ourselves over to Him is a sacrifice we should be only too eager to place on the altar of His Grace.

Nature, as a reflection of His perfection, when seen through the naked eye is beauty personified. As in all relationships of engagement, we get a far better picture by searching for the real thing than only looking at a pale reflection.

As disciples, our terms of engagement in a world satisfied with reflections, is to offer a clear view of God. We are bound to be the best reflection of His love that we can be, the best mirror of Faith, and Hope.

As we search for His whispers in the wilderness we strive to become perfect echoes of His whispers and not the result of the second, third or fourth bounce of the sound waves where all detail of the message is lost.

A whisper is best heard – up close and personal. May you fine tune your hearing in the week ahead and pass on the message of His Grace to all those within hearing distance and discover the detail of His reflection in all those we meet along the way.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 30th October 2020

Perhaps there is a reason God whispers in His wilderness?

One of the most striking things about a whisper is that you must slow down to hear it. And not just slow down, you need to come to a virtual stop.

God is not trying to compete with the world by attempting to shout it down; He whispers. And when we finally become aware that He is saying something, the whisper almost gets softer so that we need to concentrate harder to hear it.

Journey through His wilderness. His garden of Creation, and we realise that so many of tare quiet whispers. The rustles, the chirps, the soft flutters. It is only when we become still that we identify the frog’s croak as loud, and the cricket’s song as deafening. Such is the power of His whisper.

Listening to His whisper is about taking time out to build a relationship with the Trinity. When we live our life at full throttle we tend to miss out on the full spectrum of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. We relinquish the full power hoping that a few stolen moments with God will be enough to see us through to the end.

It is only when we grasp the absolute power of His whisper in the stillness of His Grace that we realise our Triune Godhead offers so much more than we could ever have imagined when we slow down. A ‘slow’ Christianity awaits us as we find the time to spend in an intimate relationship with Them!

May you find peace in His whisper as you walk in His wilderness with a stillness in your very being.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 23rd October 2020

As with all things in life, keeping everything in focus can sometimes be difficult.

Our focus on the Trinity often changes to fit particular circumstances that arise, and we tend to compartmentalize the tasks we lay before them.

Is it possible that because our focus changes, day-to-day and in each situation, as we interact with the Trinity, that when we focus our attention on Sunday, the rest of the week dims into the background? And has the week that has just past already faded into the oblivion? For some the focus is only Sunday and the institution of the church. Covid-19 has shown us this.  Keeping His Triunal  presence in focus across the full spectrum of our mission on earth is often beyond our human endeavour.

As soon as the institution (church) went out of focus, so many people around the world could not reset their camera to focus on anything else and remained zoomed on something that was no longer there.

Perhaps we need to be set on manual, so we can immediately adjust the ring to see what is visible before us, or perhaps what has been hiding just a bit deeper in the background.  How we deal with a ‘new normal’ depends on how easily (and quickly) we can change focus.

If we listen to His whispers in the wilderness, there are bound to be lessons there for us to focus on. Positive, miraculous and awe-inspiring challenges!

I pray that the days in the week ahead are filled with our focus on the Trinity in equal measure so that through each of us, He will see the fruits of His Will being done on earth. Blessings!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 16th October 2020

A weed is just a plant growing where we don’t want it to grow!

Sometimes in our deep human wisdom we decide what we think gardens (and people) should look like. We pluck out the plants that do not fit into our master plan and call them weeds. We never, as conscientious gardeners, allow them to flower let alone seed.

And we tend to treat our fellow humans in the same way. As Christians we expect others to conform to our pattern.

In God’s garden there are no weeds. There is a time and a place for every plant (and animal) All are part of His master plan, not ours. God is happy to see the weeds flower because they bring colour and vibrance to His creation. And soon enough the ‘weeds’ will have prepared a way for other plants to succeed them as His ecological genius is allowed to come to fruition.

If the church is to do the same and allow the so-called weeds to bear flowers bringing Him Glory and Honour and Praise, perhaps it would spur the ‘normal plants’ to put in a bit more effort into their own discipleship.

And sometimes the weeds are the only flowers around!

As we face a new normal, perhaps it is time to realise that Christ died for all of us and all our sins. There are no limits to this – all the world – all the sin. Sometimes we just have to recognise that God knows better than us when He whispers in the wilderness to go in search of weeds.

In our prayers let us remember that the weeds can blossom in His garden, and in ours and thank Him for reminding us of His commission.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 9th October 2020

How are our roads paved? Bright shiny tiles, cobbles, cement, tar, bricks, stone or perhaps something more obscure!  Sometimes it is not what our roads are paved with that matters. Newly laid, they all look the same – clean, neat – sterile. They have not lived yet.

Paved roads that have been around develop their own character. It is all the dirt and grime that collects in the crevasses and joints that form a base for something new to grow in this sterile environment. People are like that!

They can be bright and shiny and new, but it takes a little dirt and dust to provide a basis for character. It takes moisture and seed and light for something new to grow out from between the pavers.

To start becoming more like Christ we need to gather some of the dirt and dust from the road we travel. We need to feel it between our toes and in our hands, see it under our fingernails and sometimes wash it off when it gets to thick and smelly. But this is what makes us who we are to the world around us.

Many have fallen from grace when viewed through human eyes, but it was human eyes that only wanted to see the shiny new road. If we looked for what was growing out of the cracks, then we would start to see what the Trinity sees.

Yes, sometimes we have to clean up a little bit, but if we start to wash away the character completely’ then no growth is possible – we will be sterile and the whispers from the wilderness will find no place to call home.

Have a look today at what is growing out from the gaps and joints in your paved road.  May you find many blessings there!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 2nd October 2020

We could almost call this a ‘Trinity’ flower. Not only from the three royal blue petals but in what the plant lives on: Air, water and light.

Air for the Holy Spirit, water for baptism and the light which emanates from God and shines into the soul of mankind. These basic elements come together and culminate in the most simple and beautiful air plant.

No fancy soils or fertilizers and no special care for these plants that flower under the harshest of environments (as we perceive it) yet they do flower … beautifully!

Have they perhaps learnt something – in that the Trinity can be enough? We can flower under the harshest conditions. In fact, when the going gets too easy we sometimes forget to flower whilst we enjoy the luxury of our surroundings. And sometimes it takes a bit of tough love to bring us back on track and covered with blossoms.

A whisper in the wilderness is delivered even when life seem so unfair. It will come as a soft breath wafting over the waters of our baptism and allowing the droplets of mist that form on our skin to reflect His light into the eternity of our loving relationship with Him.

May today be your Trinity day!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 25th September 2020

I suppose all of us have a special time of day (or night) where we try to find peace within ourselves and a connection to the Trinity in a way that brings special meaning to the occasion.

For me it has always been the early morning. The earlier the better – even if it means having to go back to bed later!

There is something about the light and sounds at the start of a day that seems to reach deep inside me and give my soul a hug that squeezes all the bitter out and then with the release allows it to be refilled with love and joy and peace that is spine tingling in its intensity.

This encounter with the early morning ‘Son’ is His whisper through the wilderness to me. It is to hear creation waking to the dawn, unfazed by what it might bring. I ‘snapshot’ these times for when the clouds are hanging low, and He becomes obscured to my immediate vision, knowing that the picture He has created of His presence in my life will last until the ‘Son’ catches the light again.

Through His Grace, we feel His light!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 18th September 2020

There are special moments in ours lives when we feel the presence of a power that is positively hair-raising. Knowing that this power is God is what lends us an aura that our hairs stand to attention and catches His light.

The difficulty for many of us, is the frequency with which we have these goose bump moments with Him, and our ability to show others the glow that His Grace and Love imparts to our lives.

A walk through the paths laid out in His creation gives us a chance to let our thoughts dwell on Him in silent awe. Yet through this silence, His halo shines a light on our very existence. Through service, we endeavour to reflect His beams into the lives of those around us, that they may walk with us in His wilderness and share in the ‘Angel Dust’ of His whispers that brush against our skin.

May the hairs on your body capture His light today and the days ahead and may the aura He has blessed you with be a beacon to the world.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 11th September 2020

Lavender is for many cultures a balm for a variety of ailments, most notably for stress/tension relief and as a mood enhancer.

Even looking at the photograph eases my stress levels! You hardly notice the burnt-out trees on the horizon, evidence of a devastating fire!

Peace and tranquillity are where we look for it in time spent with God. The closer we get to His creation, the easier it is for the Trinity to find a way through the man-made barriers we erect without even knowing it. When we allow all our senses to be exposed, opened, so this helps the process in connecting with God.

So many people in the world live in areas where they are overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells of humanity, that their sensory overload, blocks any chance of them finding peace or a tiny corner of tranquillity. Somehow this is a luxury they may have to forego.

Others are blessed to live where God seems to wrap them in His personal cocoon of peace. And somewhere in between the rest move up and down the highs and lows of spiritual connectivity opportunities.

If we have ever been able to experience some form of connection with God, then we know the spiritual power that that has left in us and if we can have just one prayer left at the end of the day it should surely be for those who find it impossible to find His Peace in the hustle and bustle of the world today.

‘Lord for those who do not know your peace, let your wilderness whisper to them today.’

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 4th September 2020

There are good days and then there are God days.

For so many of us the God days are the days when we need emotional, physical or spiritual support and strengthening. These are the days that we turn to God for guidance. The days when we cry out to Him for help. The days that we are forced to acknowledge our dependence on the Trinity.

Yet God days should be the good days. The days that the birds are singing, and spring is in the air. God days should be the days we do not just depend on Him but instead, Praise Him for being just being God. Good days are the days when we can throw our arms in the air and shout Hallelujah and not be ashamed.

God days are the good days when we feel that warm fuzzy glow inside us and we know it has nothing to do with our teenage years but rather the little things in life that creep (or hop) into our very being.

God days are the good days when we can be nostalgic and at the same time excited about what the next day will bring, even the next hour.

And a good day becomes a God day the minute we stop and listen as He whispers in the wilderness of our soul sends down roots to become firmly anchored to our innermost core of knowing Him. Then we are Blessed as His creatures become part of the landscape of our existence.

May you be blessed with many God days!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 28th August 2020

Some of you may remember ‘Pretty in Pink’, a cult film classic of the 80’s. One of the repeated verses of the hit song – “If you leave”, has the words ….

“ I touch you once I touch you twice
I won’t let go at any price
I need you now like I need you then
You always said we’d meet again someday.”

The song expresses the desperation we feel when we have lost something/someone precious.

For so many around the world, covid-19 elicited the same response as a reaction to a perceived loss or break in our relationship with the Trinity (or a break in the Trinity’s relationship with us).

But the beauty and mystery of creation still exists. What we see all around us every day shows that God is ever present. Our objective is to merge with Him. He awaits our invitation to Him!

A subtle shift in focus from inward to outward, from self to God is the trigger to initiating the process. No matter how self-contained we believe ourselves to be, nothing can compare to giving over of our lives to Him, so that the full power of the Trinity can begin its miracle work in us.

Then when the wilderness whispers, we become pretty in whatever colour He decides to clothe us in and we will never let go, at any price and nor will He!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 21 August 2020

There are some days that are especially made for mystics.

Days when the ambience of light makes it so much easier to experience a deeper spiritual connection with God.

Days when we see the full colour spectrum of the Trinity and can re-live a rainbow covenant and a baptism in His light.

These are the days we live for, times when really knowing God makes absolute sense.

And these are the days when words cannot describe the power that rests in Him and light becomes His whisper of the wilderness!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 14th Augustus 2020

The bracket fungus grows on dead trees. It forms part of the process of decomposing the wood so that it once again becomes part of the nutrient cycle that will feed new life.

A death to self!

The Spiritual event that coincides with this death and regeneration to a new life is a baptism in a relationship with the Trinity as one of boundless joy that cannot be expressed except through an exhilarating splash of the baptismal waters.

Everywhere we look in creation, we see God’s hand at work, teaching us through the things that we are surrounded by. This is His wilderness whispering! Our time of contemplative awareness of His presence in our lives, depends on us not only inviting Him in but also in opening our eyes and ears and touch to the essence of His being around us.

We do not just hear the wilderness whisper through our soul in praise and worship and prayer, we hear the whisper by being aware of His creation through sight, sound and touch.

Indeed, ‘Heaven is at hand …’ when we become aware that the wilderness can whisper.

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