All posts by Rev. Vera I. Bourne

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

The Free Gift of Grace

Psalm 84:11 rightly places the source of Grace as God: For the Lord God is a sun and a shield, the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will God withhold from them that walk uprightly. Grace is a free gift. It cannot

Crown of thorns resting on bible

Our Contribution to Suffering

Suffering is always associated with pain, and what a God-given blessing pain can be at times. Pain is always the “alert” signal that something is not as it should be in our bodies, relationships, spiritual journeys or emotions. For those whose nerve endings fail to

Floating man

I Have a Plan for You

We move into the new millennium just as we make any quantum step into the unknown, secure in our knowledge of God’s abiding and encompassing presence. In the midst of the unanswered questions and uncertainties our spirits thrill to hear God’s words, “I know the

Tealight Candle on Human Palms

Renewing Our Strength

It’s really amazing the energy and fervour with which our community is attacked for our faith. What is more amazing is that, after all these years, we still hear these strident voices. Usually we manage to shut out particular frequencies to which we are subjected

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Two Christmas Stories

A Gift For Jesus Mary gave him her womb for nine months, then her love for thirty-three years. Joseph gave him his name, Jesus bar Joseph. The Magi brought him gifts — gold for a king, frankincense for a priest, and myrrh for one who

LOVE Scrabble letters on bible

Love and the Lepers

The back cover of my Living New Testament reads: Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, Never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not

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Faith: A Matter of Survival

For the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person, life has never been particularly easy. We live in societies in which ignorance, and a subsequent fear of those who are different, have led to destructive myths about who we are and what our lifestyles involve. We