BlogsThoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral
By Danielle Wynn, Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry, Jubilee Church Wirral
Chilean miner José Henriquez greets his wife as he emerges from the escape capsule, as the President of Chile (second right) looks on
As I washed the dishes and prepared breakfast this morning, I was listening to the radio and was inspired to hear about the motivation for Dan Morrice to write his book, Finding the Peacemakers.
A geography teacher fed up with hearing so much negative news in the world, he embarked on a journey to find some positive happenings to shout about.
He went on to talk about his inspirational meeting with one of the men who survived the Chilean mining accident in 2010.
As some of you may remember there was no contact with the miners for 17 days, and all thought they had not survived. Finally, in a response to a device that detected tapping, the rescuers discovered they were indeed alive through a note sent up.
Dan asked the miner he met what it was like in those first 17 days. It turns out that one of the older miners was a man of faith who was demonstrating a supernatural peace whilst trapped hundreds of feet below the earth’s surface.
The other miners questioned how he could be feeling such peace in a time of great stress and trauma and asked how they could feel this peace too. He led them to pray. His trust in the Lord brought him to a place the other men didn’t quite understand. He shared with them his hope. Whilst it is not known how these moments affected the men in the long term, it is clear that this man of faith was an unsung hero of this traumatic event. He was a peacemaker through his faith in God.
The two things I took away from this interview with Dan Morrice were:
- We can be proactive in looking for the positives: The things we should sing about, the heroes that just might not look like heroes…let’s keep our eyes open to ‘find the peacemakers’ and be encouraged by them!
- We can BE the peacemakers too! Let’s face it…positive news brings hope. As Christians we know that we have an eternal hope in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We have promises and blessings through the word of God that we need to take hold of and run with.
Romans 15:13 says: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Let us be the example. Invite the power of Holy Spirit to overflow you with hope!!
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?