Devotions

Crindau Community Church
Crindau Community Church
Suffering through loss

We have all suffered to some extent during this past year. Coronavirus has impacted all of our lives in one way or another, some for the better, others for the worse.

We have missed out on lots of things: family time, weddings, funerals, children's milestones, birthdays, Christmas, to name some of the more obvious ones. What we haven't missed out on though, is our time with God.

I have actually found that this past year has helped me to grow so much more closer to God. Don't get me wrong, it's not been easy, and this last lockdown has been especially hard for me.

We lost our fourth child in January and it made me realise the need for loved ones so much more. When we lose something, we need time to grieve and part of that grieving process is being surrounded by loved ones. The words of comfort, the hugs, the sitting in silence with you, its all important, but none of us have been able to have any of that this year, making the grieving process so much longer and harder.

That's when we need to look to Jesus all the more. He doesn't just stand in the background watching you suffer, He comes next to you, wipes away your tears and picks you up and carries you through the storm.

We might not always see Him working, or feel His presence, and we may never understand why some things happen, but we can have the assurance of knowing that God loves us, He cares for us, He never leaves us and He is constantly working for us.

2 Corinthians 12:10 says: 'For when I am weak, then I am strong.' This has been really helpful for me these past 7 weeks.

Take time for yourself and spend it in God's loving arms.
Crindau Community Church
Crindau Community Church
We will be meeting on Zoom for 'Together on Tuesday' at 7:30pm this evening.

If you would like more information on how to join us please send us a message.
Crindau Community Church
Crindau Community Church
21/02/2021 - Today's Encounter Devotional comes from Owen.

It's always interesting how time flies. You have so much to do in the day that by the time you get to it it's always time for bed. One thing I've always wanted to try to fit into a schedule is watch a sunrise, but I'm a heavy sleeper so I always miss them.

Sun rises are beautiful, as well as sun sets. How the sun just starts peaking over the mountains and the sky is filled with various colours of oranges, yellows and pinks.

I looked at the definition of a horizon and found a metaphor version of one which says:

"The limit of a person's knowledge, experience, or interest."

God made horizons and God has no limits. What a beautiful thought!

There are times in our lives where it's like nightime - we can't see what's ahead and that can be scary, but then God comes like the horizon to light the way and guide us to a new day.

Job 26:10 NIV
"He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness."

When you're feeling lost, alone, scared or not sure what the future holds. Look to the horizon.

The songs I thought of are:
Toby Mac - "Horizon" - //youtu.be/_h_XGHb4p1s

Trinity - "Alive again" - //youtu.be/lM9MMu3-HbM

And a song from Eleri's playlist, Tauren Wells - "Hills and Valleys" - //youtu.be/8iDuZv_5MQk
Crindau Community Church
Crindau Community Church
We are meeting at Crindau Community Church at 10am tomorrow morning for our 'Breaking of Bread' service.

For those not able to join in person, we will also be running a meeting via zoom.

If you would like more information on how to join either of these services please send us a message.
Crindau Community Church
Crindau Community Church
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
Micah 7:18 NIV

What is it that makes God so unique and wonderful?

His thunderous power? His divine omnipresence?

In this verse Micah focusses on his mercy.

Micah is not the only one to do this either. When speaking about himself to Moses, God describes himself, firstly, as "The Lord, a God merciful" Exodus 34:6.

Some see God as a hard task master, waiting for us to slip up, so he can punish us. However, the Bible describes him as waiting for us to turn to him so he can forgive us. He desires to do us good and it grieves him to afflict us. (Lamentations 3:33)

That doesn't make him a push over though. God is also just. Wickedness requires a response - it can't be ignored or left to spread indefinitely. One day evil will all be swept away, and those who have not sought God's mercy, will be swept away with it.

However, it is mercy that flows from God's deepest being.

That is why, the only son God begat, was the very embodiement of mercy.

He longs to forgive us and not to punish us. His strongest desire is that we might turn to him today, so he can shower his blessings on us.

Whoever you are and whatever you have done, turn to God today. Tell him you are sorry and you want to be better.

You will see for yourself, it is the warmth of his mercy, that makes him so glorious.
Crindau Community Church
Crindau Community Church
We will be meeting on Zoom for 'Together on Tuesday' at 7:30pm this evening.

If you would like more information on how to join us please send us a message.