One of the interesting things about life on this world is how close (physical) death and new life are. A few weeks ago our family got together to bury my mother and remember her life, and this past weekend we all got together again for the wedding of my daughter. The run-up to this was rather stressful, so blogging was on the back burner. Continue reading
Last Thursday we buried my mother, and the most positive aspect of the afternoon was seeing the entire family together (my mother’s siblings with spouses and some offspring, and my siblings with spouses and most offspring). Continue reading
This morning, shortly before eight in the morning, my mother went home to the Lord. For quite some time already she had suffered from increasingly severe old age dementia, and after a stroke was partially paralyzed. In the few lucid moments which she had right up to the end one could tell that she was aware of this, and that it troubled her greatly. As a believer in Christ she longed to be liberated from this prison which her body had become, and to go home to God. Today her desire was granted. Continue reading
For a number of years I have participated in an initiative known as “Round Table for Austria” which brings together Christians from different traditions (Roman Catholic, Lutheran/Reformed, Evangelical, Pentecostal/Charismatic, as well as potentially Eastern Orthodox and Messianic Jews) to work towards a reconciled diversity in the Body of Christ here in Austria. The following is a presentation I gave at the Spring 2010 meeting of the Round Table in Graz.