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Easter moments

One
******** It’s been a long weekend but I’ve had trouble sleeping in every day of it. Friday and Sunday we were up at 6:30 anyway so Matt could get away to the early church services, but the other two days – no excuse! Something has happened to my body clock!

Two
******** Dark church on Thursday night was very dark. I mean, yes, there was no light so of course it was dark. But the evening felt dark on the inside too. It was very weighty. While this was happening, Jan turned up to church after a 4 month absence in China! Even in the darkness and the weight of teaching about the Garden of Gethsemene I was ecstatic to see her again! She’s only supposed to be here for a few weeks to graduate and sort out some things though. Oh well. A few weeks is better than never seeing her again.

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Dark Church

Three
******** Saturday was a trip up the mountains to see the Moffitts in what is becoming something of an annual tradition. It was lovely to spend time with the family again. Since Matt has started working at church we’ve struggled to get a big enough chunk of time on the weekends to get up and see them. Apart from an allergy hit it was very relaxing. Mum had completed her latest sampler (it is absolutely stunning, see it here) and had been chasing up some family history so she had some cool stories to tell. Lachlan beat me nearly all of the time in Mario Kart which is unsurprising – but I actually won a couple of tracks (super surprising!). And, best of all, Matt, Lachlan and I went out for an explore around Megalong Valley, the bit under Katoomba. Oh, the beauty!

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Megalong Valley

Four
******** Easter Sunday was amazing. Not just because I spent the morning cooking delicious sweet food or because we had a beautiful lunch with Angus, Nerida, Fiona and Ryan or because our entire congregation went out for dumplings after church. Nope. It was beyond the food. Jesus lives and all day it was a celebration. In the evening our church was full even though lots of people had disappeared for the long weekend. The singing at the end of the service was so loud and joyful that cavernous building felt full with sound. Our minister got up to send us out and his voice shook from trying not to cry.

Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here; he has risen!

(Luke 24:5-6 NIV)

Great Southern Roadtrip

During our three week adventure I tried my best to throw out some updates. However the internet wasn’t always present and when it was we were usually doing something much too fun to interrupt with jumping onto my phone or a computer!

It all started in Katoomba…

Read the rest of the story – and see some pictures – under the cut!

Ideas about landscape

We’re home now. During our long drive we saw lots and lots of beautiful landscapes and I spent a lot of time mulling over the things I saw.

Often I get sad thinking about how the beautiful landscapes I love now might disappear when Jesus comes back. When he makes the new heavens and the new earth, who’s to say it will look like the same?

But then maybe when we are completely and finally sanctified and standing with Christ we won’t want to look at these landscapes anymore. We turn a blind eye to it now – it’s easy to forget that these beautiful landscapes are marred by sin. How many people have been dispossessed for others to take and shape the landscape? How many workers have been oppressed to clear fields and build the dams that divert the water further up the catchment? How many habitats have been ruined and how extensive the environmental degradation for the sake of turning a profit? When you think about it, many of the beautiful landscapes we revel in now are tainted with the greed and opression of past generations.

I’m sure that in the new creation we will have landscapes which are just as beautiful as the ones we love here, but where no one’s blood is crying out from the soil.

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South Coast, NSW

For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness.
Isaiah 65:17-18

Go West

Last weekend consisted of another epic country trip of Matt and I:
– Two hours of driving on Friday night to get to Katoomba
– Five hours of driving on Saturday to Forbes via Bathurst
– One hour of driving on Saturday night to West Wyalong
– Six hours of driving on Sunday morning to Sydney via Yass.

We ended up doing a massive loop that looked something like this:
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Western Plains adventure