Archive for October, 2012

an offering … Christ shows his face

Thought twice about this but it just feels right.  I feel the impact of Hurricane Sandy half a world away. Apologies to those who’ve come across this via other forums, but I’ve done a cut-n-paste of a song just re-offered to a lectionary worship e-list I’m on.

Greetings again.

Wanted this posting to be separate from the last one.
Here in Brisbane, Australia I have paid particular interest in the impact and devastation and grief brought by Hurricane Sandy.
I say this for two reasons:
  1. through my US-born wife, Dale I have considerable family in the U.S.A. in such states (among others) as North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  When their lives and livelihood are affected or even potentially so, my life is affected too. Christ rejoices when we rejoices.  Christ is in sorrow when we are in sorrow.
  2. in January 2011, our home in Brisbane was impacted by the floods which besieged so much of Queensland and indeed other parts of Australia.   It’s ‘easy’ (though still raw) to empathize with brothers and sisters half a world away at this time.
Within days of the January floods here in Australia, I wrote a song (which I probably posted to this list then) called Christ shows his faceI offer it again. I believe the sentiments are as relevant in New York or New Jersey (to name but two places) as they were in my situation and so many others down under almost 12 months ago. music scoremp3 vocal

Christ shows his face
when lives are pained
weary hearts are breaking.
shows God’s grace
while troubles rise,
past foundations shaking

Every smile
Every hand
Every soft embracing
Christ shows his face
when lives are pained,
hope is hard, displacing

Christ shows his face
in thirsting souls
When hunger’s met with feeding
When nakedness for all to see
is met with love’s new clothing

Offered rest
Offered home
Offered hope’s new morning
Christ shows his face
when all seems dark, the
light of Christ keeps shining.

Christ shows his face
in community
extending past their comfort
Sharing tirelessly as one
Self-giving for another

Every smile
Every tear
Every soft embracing, yes
Christ is found
when all seems lost, when
When love’s true heart
When love’s true hope
When love’s true light keeps shining.

David MacGregor  © 2011 Willow Publishing


Ballarat, Sovereign Hill, migraine & 12 Apostles

I’ll remember these two weeks of leave as a holiday in two clear volumes – pre and post the Frontier Services/AIM 100th birthday worship event and the thrill of Ted Egan singing my song.

Back at our Rosebud base camp as of last Thursday evening, we spent the weekend
* couch-potatoing the two big footy grand finals. Interesting watching the AFL game just outside Melbourne. I was barracking for the Swans and Storm, so excellent outcome, and two great games (ear-biting sickness excepted)
* going locally to church on Sunday morning
* catching up on the weekend papers and the novel Dale gifted me last Christmas
* enjoying a lovely drive as far as the peninsula road goes: to Sorrento; where we enjoyed an equally lovely lunch at the Sorrento Hotel
* on the way back we detoured via the Sorrento back beach and took in some stunning scenery.

Yesterday morning we set off on the much-awaited driving holiday “trip within a trip” taking in Ballarat and the Great Ocean Road.

Apart from the rarity of a migraine setback this morning (Dale to the rescue in more ways than the driving), these two days have been wonderful.

Setting off soon after sunrise yesterday (Monday) we made it to Sovereign Hill – the ‘living’ recreation of Ballarat’s gold-fever of the mid 19th century I’ve long wanted to take in. It was so worth it. After patchy weather on the drive northwest there, by early afternoon the skies turned beautifully blue. LOTs of people and so many fantastic reenactments. Found ourselves down two actual mines – claustrophobia failed to get the better of me! Some excellent live theatre too!

After a quick checkin to our motel, we headed back to Sovereign Hill to take in firstly a scrumptious 3-course dinner and then: “Blood on the Southern Cross” – a 90 minute sound & light extravaganza retelling the story of the Eureka Rebellion and events leading up to it. Must have been 300 people there with us – some of the time outdoors, other times under cover. Magnificently done. A must-see if you ever plan to visit Sovereign Hill. Great to be reminded of an event that is for many, the birthing of democracy in Australia.

Today – breakfast at a downtown Ballarat pancakes place was sadly followed by a mild migraine. A bit sad, but Dale took the wheelie our hire car for the drive SSW to Port Campbell – towards the western end of Victoria’s world-renowned Great Ocean Road. Thanks Dale!

Getting to Port Campbell, we quickly checked into our motel (nice!) and then checked out the local sights. What sights!

The high point was undoubtedly driving just a few minutes eastward to a parking area, from which we walked a short distance to where we took in the sight of the 12 Apostles; without doubt one f the most iconic of Australian sights on our coastline. Just one word is needed to describe what we saw: BREATHTAKING!












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