Midweek Meditations

— Thoughts, Inspiration and Encouragement from ACF Community Members —

The ACF Midweek Meditations
are written by a diverse group of our church members with the intention to seek God’s fingerprints in our lives…

  • sometimes serious and sometimes with a bit of humour
  • inspired by all facets of life: bible passages, current politics, poetry, encounters with friends & strangers, nature observations or a recent Sunday sermon
  • written by ordinary people from all walks of life: stay-at-home mums, university professors, retired ladies and gentlemen, full-time missionaries or the kids from children’s church
  • reflecting all sorts of Christian backgrounds and spiritualities

Each week’s text reflects the individual viewpoint of its author. They might not always resonate with everyone, and are not meant to be understood as representing the Anglican Church Freiburg as a whole. Yet, as a church that is aiming to ‘Build a Community of Grace’ we seek to practice learning from and listening to one another.
We pray that these humble ponderings add a small spark of blessing to your week.
Enjoy!

  • Celebrating Fellowship - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — “Here is the Church and there is the steeple. Open the door  and see all the people.” Many of us learned this fun little rhyme complete with hand motions as children. It was one of the first lessons we learned about what the church was.... Continue Reading →
  • The Fragrance of Lent - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — We are midway through Lent. Of the many images that flash on my mind when I think of Lent, one that stands out, is an experience in an orphanage in my home city. All the hundred children resident there asked for a self-denial piggy bank.... Continue Reading →
  • @fire in Kahramanmaras - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — It’s been a month now since the worst earthquake in centuries shook Southern Turkey and Northern Syria, killing women, children, and men, most of them in their sleep. Only hours later, rescue teams were already on their way. Among the first to arrive on the... Continue Reading →
  • Desert Times - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — It was about thirty-five years ago that I went through the open gate of an old Italian farm house, hearing remote laughter just to enter one of the best times in my life. I was looking for a time of rest, time of renewal during... Continue Reading →
  • Homeless - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — The natural and man-made catastrophes in Turkey and Syria, New Zealand, as well as Ukraine of late cannot but provoke strong reactions. Our emotions and thoughts are many and many faceted. Triggered by images of devastation, they can be overwhelming. I have concerned myself with... Continue Reading →
  • God’s rejoicing love - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — There has always been something that puzzled me about the parable of the lost sheep: who was keeping the ninety-nine sheep safe whilst the shepherd was away looking for the one? That they must be being kept safe is clear, otherwise the parable would make... Continue Reading →
  • Blessed are the poor who have nothing to own - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — William Wilberforce, another of my heroes of the faith, fought against all odds for over twenty years in late 18th-century England to abolish slavery and died just three days after the bill finally passed in Parliament, ending slavery in the British Empire. I always was... Continue Reading →
  • Sick Day - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — Like everyone else, our family is being sick, on and off, at the moment. Today I’m the one who is feeling rough. Yes, I’m aware that I’m in a very privileged situation of generally being fit and well, of not having to live with chronic... Continue Reading →
  • As we age - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — As many of you know, we moved my mother-in-law into a wonderful nursing home in November.  Of course, we knew that, after living independently for so many years, she would have difficulties transitioning.  But what we did not expect was her anger at the world,... Continue Reading →
  • Sacrifice - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — Most of you, I am sure have noticed that we as a family have not been able to attend church these last two- and a-bit months. My old company called and asked if I could go to Hamburg to do the Lion King Musical, as... Continue Reading →

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