You Came

You came
quietly
tearing into what we thought
was the whole story

Infinity restrained
wrapped in weakness
Spring of Life
Eternal Truth
dropping
silently into our world

Phoooooo…

The wise breathless
shepherds drowning in a light
singing: “glory!
glory!

Glory!
Light years of cosmos
pointing to a mere manger
Mary, Joseph — God

You came
quietly
tearing into what we thought
was the whole story

Emmanuel
Messiah
Source & Center
suddenly small
to seek
to heal
to free us all

Lord Jesus
You came

Reading at our congregation’s 2018 Christmas Service.

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3 Dinge Omtrent ’n Man

My oupa het altyd gesê ‘n man moet drie dinge by hom hê: ‘n pen, ‘n sakdoek en ‘n knipmes. Met ‘n onlangse brief aan ‘n vriend het ek besef dat hierdie drie dinge vir my iets dieper omtrent ‘n man vasvang.

1. Pen

‘n Pen gaan oor meer as om te skryf. Dit verwys na kennis, en die vermoë en gereedheid om te kan artikuleer wat jy te sê het. Om idees na die tafel toe te bring. En om te kan luister, kommunikeer — waar jy ookal is.

In die hedendaagse tyd het die selfoon myns insiens baie van die pen se rol oorgeneem.

2. Sakdoek

‘n Sakdoek verteenwoordig vir my teerheid; die sagter kant van ‘n man. Dit gaan oor die gereedheid om skoon te maak en op te vee. Trane, neus, mondhoeke, hande. As hy skoon is, kan hy vir ‘n ander in nood aangebied word. Netjies opgevou in die sak.

3. Knipmes

‘n Knipmes verteenwoordig vir my ‘n gereedheid vir die harde kant van die lewe, vir taai oomblikke — waar mense rondkyk vir iemand om na vore te tree. Dit vertel van iemand wat nie die moeilike uitkontrakteer nie, wat vasvat in die oomblik. Vlymskerp, reg om oop te maak, los te maak, oop te sny vir eet, wat ookal nodig is. Selfs in ‘n leefstyl waar die knipmes selde benodig word (soos in die stad) is hy daar: beskikbaar, slaggereed.

En só dra ek daagliks hierdie drie dinge op my: my selfoon (“pen”), my sakdoek en my knipmes. Drie dinge wat vir my verskillende fassette van man-wees verteenwoordig.

Running with a Shield

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” – Paul, Hebrews 12:1-2a

About two weeks ago a few of us did a Night Run at the Randpark Gold Club here in Jozi. What might have seemed to others to be a normal 8km race with headlamps in the night was, to me, a deeply spiritual experience. Allow me to share it with you.

It was during a run in Chililabombwe (Zambia) on 15 September 2017, that my right leg suddenly got tight and unexplained pain shot through my leg. Since then, I’ve been struggling with my running. First the struggle was to get the pain diagnosed, which an awesome biokineticist pinned as piriformis syndrome. Thereafter, it was to get rid of the niggle. Since the start of this year, running has been a somewhat up and down journey of recovering form, speed — and joy in running.

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On Becoming: Between Statues & Clay

Michelangelo, the Renaissance Italian sculptor and painter who greatly influenced Western art, is known for his understanding of sculpting as a process of revealing. Michelangelo understood his role as sculptor as that of a discoverer and liberator. The statue, he believed, is hidden in the rock from the beginning, and his role is merely to discover it – and to chisel away every piece of rock that is not part of the discovered statue; thereby liberating it. Hence, he didn’t perceive himself to be making something, but rather bringing forth what was there.

This principle resonates throughout history in a broader sense. According to American author, William Sahakian, Aristotle believed that the soul of a person is the entelechy (self-contained purpose) of the body, and that it was the role and task of the person to actualise himself. A become thyself resulting from Socrates’ know thyself.  Akin to the work of the sculptor, man therefore becomes the discoverer and liberator of himself, of his entelechy. Read more

Pelgrim | ’n Gedig

tuis
smag van die swerwer
in ‘n vreemde land

tuis
elke tree wonder
elke rusplek hunkering

tent wil-wil kamers word
waar bekendheid warm
onverdiend omarm
waar die details my storie vertel
…en die mense

tuis
lugspieëling in die vreemde wêreld
skuif-skuif — bly mens ontgaan!
hartsrou waar tuis afgeruk word

en dan weer soek
smag-stap

só word swerwer Pelgrim
wat tuis-manna vind
op reis Huis toe

Jou Chiropraktiese Aanpassings

Ek geniet dit die afgelope tyd om nou en dan chiropraktisyn video’s op YouTube te kyk. Die dokters word besoek deur mense met ‘n wye verskeidenheid skete en simptome — dinge soos pyn teen die been af, ‘n skouer met beperkte beweging of pyn in die rug of nek. Die chiropraktisyn (dié wat hulle sous werd is) doen ‘n deeglike ondersoek om tussen die lyf se komplekse skelet-, spier- en ander interaksies die moontlike oorsake te vind. Weens die aard van hulle veld van kennis, eindig baie van hulle evaluerings op by ‘n evaluering die ruggraat.

Die ding wat ek fassinerend vind is dat regstellings of aanpassings in die ruggraat baie dikwels die simptome, selfs op ander plekke in die lyf, aanspreek. Die pyn in die been af word byvoorbeeld reggestel deur ‘n regstelling in die laer rug, wat die druk van die skiatiese senuwee afhaal. ‘n Herbelyning in die boonste rugwerwels laat weer die skouer toe om reg te beweeg. Die ruggraat is die sentrale kolom vanwaar al die lyf se senuwees uit beweeg, en waarheen baie pyn teruggespoor kan word.

Oor hierdie tydperk wat ek dit gekyk het, is ek bewus gemaak van die parallel hiervan op ‘n dieper vlak in ons lewens.

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Kerk Handelsmerke

Ek het onlangs ‘n interessante gesprek gehad met ‘n bibliotekaresse by die werk (ja, ons het ‘n biblioteek). Met die gesprek wat draai na kerk, vertel sy my sy’s in die Metodiste kerk. Ek is in Every Nation. “Oh, a charismatic church?” Ek skat so. Hoe weet sy? Sy sê haar kinders is in Grace Bible iets.

Dit het my laat dink hoe die Kerk van Jesus nie net verdeel is tussen denominasies (soos die Katolieke kerk, Presbiteriane, Metodiste, Pinkster kerke, Gereformeerdes, Baptiste, ens) wat in verskillende opsigte verskillende dinge glo nie. Nee, ek het besef dat — juis in charismatiese kringe — daar gemeentes ontstaan met basies dieselfde geloofsbeskouing en verstaan van God en die lewe (dieselfde sogenaamde denominasie), maar met verskillende name. As’t ware verskillende handelsmerke (“brands”) in dieselfde makro-beweging.

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