3-Week Series: Double Blessing

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  • A Harvest Of Service

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Feb 4, 2011

    A HARVEST OF SERVICE Vehicles being thrown around like toys in the rushing waters and heartbreaking stories of lives lost have filled the news reports. The damage to bumper harvests was also devastating, probably in the billions of dollars, as the states of Queensland, NSW and Victoria in ...read more

  • Staying In The Shallow End

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Jan 28, 2011

    STAYING IN THE SHALLOW END He stays at the shallow end of the pool for a long time, refusing invitations to come out into the deeper water, even with his dad. But after a long time considering it, my grandson Zion Brave Bennett thrusts himself into the pool, swimming underwater and then ...read more

  • Two Men, Two Soils  PRO

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Jan 28, 2011
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    TWO MEN, TWO SOILS Two of the men have impacted my life. Both of them died of cancer. For many years one of these men allowed his CIRCUMSTANCES to harden him towards those in his family and towards God. I thought my dad was about as far away from God as he could be. He seemed to be ...read more

  • Make Me!

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Jan 14, 2011

    "MAKE ME!" They had behaved badly in class but they were equally disruptive in the detention room, swearing, acting tough and defying anything I said with a smart comment. Unacceptable behaviour. I have never really had a problem with anger, but the closest I came was in that classroom. Teaching ...read more

  • Margaret: The Hard Soil

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Jan 13, 2011

    MARGARET: THE HARD SOIL Each week I give a devotion in each of the 8 dining areas of the Shalom Centre and Margaret (not her real name) is there, with ears which will not hear. Her heart is a fortress, cold, hard, defensive. The gates are huge, old and impenetrable, bolted with fear and pride ...read more

  • Maybe If You Listened...  PRO

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Jan 4, 2011
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    "MAYBE IF YOU LISTENED..." In the middle of an argument, my Mum would say something like this - "Maybe if you LISTENED for a change, you would understand what I am trying to tell you!" So often I am not so much listening but simply waiting for the other person to finish so that I can get across ...read more

  • Amazing!

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 25, 2010

    AMAZING! When dementia had taken its course, Bess (not her real name) was left with just a couple of words, but one word which she used to respond to almost any situation was the word "AMAZING!" After a lifetime of words, what a great word to have on your lips at the end of your life. Matthew ...read more

  • The Throne Of Christmas

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 18, 2010

    THE THRONE OF CHRISTMAS In the very centre of Christmas cheer, amidst the silver bells, coloured baubles and lights, enormous sparkling chandeliers, banners and wreathes and beside a gigantic Christmas tree, there in the middle of everything stands a huge throne that dominates the centre of the ...read more

  • Outlived His Children

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 15, 2010

    OUTLIVED HIS CHILDREN His weather worn face looked like ancient parchment stretched over a wire mesh skeleton and his eyes, haunted with memories, looked straight through me into my soul. As I gave my devotion that day I could tell that he understood the anguish Abraham must have felt as God ...read more

  • Some Time Later

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 10, 2010

    SOME TIME LATER Day after day the drudgery of books had began to depress me. Don't misunderstand. I love reading books. I was working in a warehouse at the time. Two of us would work in a large cubicle to pack books into boxes according to a computer order and convey them to be stacked onto ...read more

  • Sanctity Of Human Life

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 6, 2010

    SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE There's plenty of evidence of blatant disregard for human life today. Terrorism and suicide bombers? Capital punishment? Human trafficking. Abortion? So what is God thinking when He asks Abraham to take his only son, the son he loves, and to sacrifice him as a burnt ...read more

  • God Is Not A Genie

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 4, 2010

    GOD IS NOT A GENIE She was ferocious and yet frail. When I told her that I was a Chaplain she took the opportunity to bombard me with accusations and questions. "What is the use of prayer if God is going to let those 29 miners die anyway? All those good people prayed around the clock for those ...read more

  • David's Demons

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Nov 16, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    DAVID'S DEMONS Many years ago I worked in an organisation called SCILS - Sunshine Coast Independent Living Skills. We worked with people who had mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. David (not his real name) was helped to find a place to rent in the community. He had been in danger of ...read more

  • The Hunger And The Hunt

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Nov 13, 2010

    THE HUNGER AND THE HUNT "She was not beautiful but her eyes were magnificient. They were piercing and caught the light as jade shards and occasionally as she passed into shadows you could catch glimses of the hunger betrayed in the depths of their opalescent gaze. As the inquisitive ...read more

  • Authentic Or A Fraud

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Oct 30, 2010

    Yesterday I was reading about a man called Han van Meegeren who was a Dutch artist and an extremely talented ART FORGER. He forged some of the world's most famous paintings so well that the best art critics and art experts of his time thought his paintings were GENUINE. Painting one of the ...read more

  • My Wife Knows

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Oct 26, 2010

    "Where's my..." "On the kitchen bench" "...keys". "What happened to my..." "It's in the washing machine. You wore it yesterday." My wife knows my thoughts before I ask. It's uncanny. "Do you know where my..." "On your desk" "...phone is". She is intimately acquainted with my habits, thoughts and ...read more

  • Pick A Side

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Oct 23, 2010

    PICK A SIDE There's a fictional story of the soldier in the American Civil War who did not want to fight with anyone. In an attempt to remain NEUTRAL, he dressed in Union pants ...read more

  • A Parable From The Chilean Mining ...

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Oct 16, 2010

    A PARABLE FROM THE CHILEAN MINING DISASTER Once upon a time there was a wise, good and powerful King. His kingdom was known as the kingdom of Hope and it was the richest kingdom in the world. He ruled his people with love and justice. The kingdom of Hope was known throughout the world and other ...read more

  • The Atheists And The Pharisees

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Oct 9, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    THE ATHEISTS AND THE PHARISEES He was wide eyed but unable to speak properly. The nurses told me that he did not have long to live. Brian (not his real name) was experiencing spasms of pain and shortness of breath. He was groaning, and looked weak, drawn and afraid. I offered to pray for him. I ...read more

  • Sundowning  PRO

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Oct 6, 2010
    based on 2 ratings

    SUNDOWNING As I walked into the room I had visited only that morning I noticed that some people, had an increased CONFUSION, RESTLESSNESS AND INSECURITY. I met the Asian woman with such beautiful eyes who HALLUCINATES and HEARS VOICES each afternoon. I had a quiet conversation with a woman who, ...read more