Job was a man who suffered more trouble than most, and his name has become a synonym for suffering, but in the middle of his troubles, and a few hundred years before Christ walked this earth, this was his statement…

‘For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God’

A promise fulfilled, and yet to come.



Almost a thousand years before the birth of Christ, Micah, a minor prophet of Israel, told of the birthplace of the coming king… ‘But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days’

Always, through the ancient story
promise of a coming king
coming from his home in glory
the one of whom the angels sing.
Born to us in that far place
in a covenant of love
that we may one day see his face
in our eternal home above.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour

© Maureen Sudlow


Home, after a wonderful trip seeing friends and family. We travelled up to Rotorua through snow on the Desert Road, and froze for a couple of nights before summer came back again… These are some of the pictures from our stay with Carley and Hans in their lovely home at Awakaponga. Even the washing line is romantic…



Maybe one day we will be able to stop the fighting and the hating.  Maybe one day we will have peace.

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more… 

gun barrel
a sparrow builds
her nest


We cannot say that Jesus was either simply a good man or a prophet. Jesus himself claimed his rightful status as God, and this was the reason he was crucified…
So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.  From John 8:57-59
“The Father and I are one.” The Jews took up stones again to stone Him.  from John 10:30
They tried to stone Him because with those words ‘I Am’ He was clearly claiming to be God.So we can reject Him or accept Him, but we cannot ignore Him. For all of us He carried the cross…