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Abundant and eternal fruit

Easter 2014 - 002 Fruit


I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

John 15: 1-3

When we moved to Chiang Mai on June 1st 2012, we gratefully house-sat for the Parlatos, giving us an opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the city before deciding where to set up our own home. Amy Parlato is a keen and thoughtful gardener, and we arrived just as her mangoes, papayas and star fruit were all ripening – the perfect welcome to our new tropical lifestyle!
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Seeing Theo (or, ‘A Father’s Eyes’)

Easter 2014 - 001 Seeing Theo


36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

John 6:36-40

At six he was clearly the youngest of the group, and his delicate frame could easily have passed for a four-year-old. As he dashed past me, chasing the football in front of him, determinedly competing against boys twice his age and size (and as a resident of the orphanage, fighting for his place in more ways than one I suspect), I couldn’t help but see Theo in him, my own precious six-month-old son.

It was an epiphany that stopped me in my tracks: that’s how God sees us. Read more