The Tree of Life

As the leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations met in Perth in October for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Christians around the world prayed together through the Commonwealth Prayer Initiative.

These prayers have been incorporated into a permanent sculpture, “The Tree of Life”, created by artist Rod Laws as part of Project 54, to remind the city of the hopes of creating a just world for our future.

Eight branches are also incorporated into the piece, which represent the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which work to end global poverty by 2015. Australia, along with many other nations around the world, adopted these goals in 2000. The leaves on the sculpture represent each of the 54 Commonwealth nations.

His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AO QC, Governor of WA, spoke at the unveiling ceremony saying, “The many prayers for peace on Earth for a better world, which are on the plinth of the statue, come from the hearts of children from throughout the commonwealth. They now have a special place in the heart of this city, our city. Prayers such as the one from little Jessica in Canada who said, ‘Dear God, help the people who have nothing to eat. Give them what they need and heal the sick. Break every gun in the world and replace it with love and peace.’”

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Margaret River Bushfires

The Advent season is just beginning and most of us are preparing our homes and our hearts to once more celebrate the joy that comes to us in the Christ child.  We will doubtless be reminded again this year that Emmanuel meant, “God with us”.  For the people of the Margaret River Region, the importance of holding onto this thought has become even more significant.

Bushfires in Margaret River over this past week have left a trail of devastation. Many houses have been lost or damaged, family homes and businesses destroyed. How will they remember that God is with them at this time? Continue reading

2011 Reflection: Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Christmas is such a fantastic time of year. We’re wrapping up the year at work, winding down to a nice summer break, with sun and surf, family and friends, and all the things that make summer great. We’ve got Christmas parties and Secret Santa’s, Carols by Candle Light and Midnight Masses. Silent Nights and Jingle Bell Rock, The Santa Clause and A Miracle on 34th Street.

Yet in all of this busyness, it’s easy to forget the reason for the season. The Lord is come! Continue reading