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Hello Dan, It’s Joe Here, I Hope You’re Keeping Well… It’s The 21st Of December

The 21st Of December is the day referenced at the start of Paul Kelly’s How To Make Gravy.
A song about family, regret, longing, and hope.
If you’re listening to the radio today you’ll probably hear it.
If you’re lucky, more than once.

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Every Home Is Broken From The Day It Begins (via Richard Pratt)

This article by Richard Pratt called Broken Homes In The Bible was on Key Life, after having originally been published by Ligonier.
It brings helpful perspective.
An excerpt:

Unfortunately, very few people acknowledge how long and how deeply the human family has been broken. When troubles come to our homes, we almost always pin the blame on someone’s personal failures. “My family was fine,” one mother told me, “until my son became a teenager.” “We were without problems,” a husband once commented, “and suddenly my wife was unfaithful to me.” “We were a great family,” a child confided in me, “but then Dad just got up and left.” Of course, we all have personal failures, and there is plenty of blame to go around for the problems our families suffer. But statements like these reveal how much we need to look more carefully at the root of our problems. No family is “fine,” “without problems,” or “great” until someone destroys it. Every home is broken from the day it begins.
If you and I were to believe what the Bible says about the origins of our family problems, our attitudes and actions would be very different. We would be more sympathetic with others going through hard times, more vigilant about keeping our own families on track, and more devoted to pursuing help from God rather than simply assigning blame. Wouldn’t that be a welcome change?

Read the whole post here.

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God Is The Lord Of Time, Even Our Time, Even On Sundays (via Megan Hill)

Megan Hill reflects on how the unique rhythms of Sunday teach witness to those who observe them of God’s rule over us in everything.

God Is the Lord of Time
On Sundays, we acknowledge that God is the author and ruler of time itself. At creation, God made time. He separated light from dark and established the daily cycle of morning and evening (Gen. 1:3-5). At creation, God also organized those days into a pattern of six and one (Gen. 2:1-3): six days for ordinary work and recreation, one day for rest (Ex. 20:11).
As tempting as it might seem to believe we are masters of our own time—carefully manipulating an interlocking puzzle of Google calendar entries—we are not. God is the one who created time, who set us in it and bound us by it, and God is the one who rightfully directs us how to use it. When we submit to his pattern of six and one, we acknowledge that God is the Lord of time.
For our children, too, the disruption of Sunday is a chance to remember that even our schedules are under the Lord’s authority. Once a week, the Lord breaks into our routine and reminds us that naptimes and snacktimes are not ultimate, nor are they determined by our own desires. In all things, we serve the Lord.

Read the rest at Christward Collective.

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A Musical Evening

Listening to my daughter and her cohort performing with their music school.

Especially looking forward to an ensemble rendition of ‘Tears In Heaven’.

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Scrabble Cake

A special Scrabble cake for Alison Cunningham, a very special and dear lady who has been a wonderful mother in law to me for 34 of her 80 years.

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Lunch, Al Fresco

Eating lunch Charlotte Street, Brisbane on August 2.
Because we can.
#don'tneedasnowsuit #notlikehome