A Word On Laughing

God has been so good to me.

In any given moment there is a friend who can say something that will get me laughing. In the childhood days there were competitions between us as siblings to see who could keep a straight face and not laugh at the efforts of the others. Though I loved funny things, it began to take a lot to get me to laugh.

Today I love laughing good and proper and there are some people who can hit the sweet spot of delivering a line that will have me in the guffaws without inhibition. It is a great feeling, especially seeing as though those jokes are coming from a good place. Nothing derogatory, defamatory, degrading or distasteful, just hilarious material clean and simple. Someone said laughter is a good medicine and when saints deliver it, I am certainly the better for the experience.

So this is just to say a massive thank you to the likes of Kevin, Andy, Ritson, Your Majesty as well as my siblings Ruth and David who are very good at letting the laughter flow.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

A Brief Word On A Big Book 

There is no Psalm 151.

Unlike the continuation of the book of Acts where the good news is still being shared around the globe, there isn’t the same thing with the collection of Psalms. The collection ends at 150. That’s not to say there are no other great works written and included in this collection. There’s no room for more either. That collection is sound as a set. 

It has been an incredible journey through the collection over the previous 150 days. I know I haven’t done justice to some of them in blogging about them. With others, I like to think I left a decent reflection on what I read and what read me. Overall, I have loved this journey and my appreciation for the collection has gone up considerably. The amount of Psalms I just plain never read and were powerful highlighted just how wonderful this experience has been. It’s worth appreciating all that God has laid out for us in the collection. 

Thank you for following me on the journey. I trust your love for the book has likewise increased. Special thanks to Authrine, Rae, Gyaps, and so many others for the likes and words of encouragement.

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden

Psalm 124 – If It Had Not Been … 

This Psalm right here is a great song to remember that you are not as self-reliant, independent, self-sufficient and all that which you like to believe from time to time. 

Indeed this Psalm right here blatantly acknowledges that bad though things might appear, not only could it be a lot worse but it would have and in some cases should have. The worse didn’t happen. That wasn’t down to human ingenuity. That was because of a Father who cares. That was because of the Lord of hosts who rescues His own. That was because of the great and holy God who shows mercy on those to whom He will show mercy. 

I could reel out quite a long list of episodes and unfavourable outcomes that would have been on my record book had it not been for the Lord. It’s not something to boast about in and of myself as though I am anything. It is something to point to the Lord and magnify His name for His goodness. 

So just when you think it’s safe to look at the stuff around you and feel a little smug and satisfied, it’s worth taking a short trip down memory lane and see His hand of protection, of deliverance, of mercy, of favour on your life. Look it over, give Him thanks. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 116 – A Very Good Reason to Love Him

It is very difficult for me to read this Psalm. Very difficult. 

It’s difficult because to read of someone who knows what it is to be rescued and so express this great love for God reminds me of what God has rescued me from. The darkness of depression, the despair of feeling worthless, the delusion of thinking I can stumble from one crash to another and make it without help. He rescued me from a pit. He rescued me. 

I too can lift up the cup of salvation because of His goodness towards me. If that is all I can offer, I offer it wholeheartedly. As I too can live a life returning thanks to Him, as that is all I can do. I know there is nothing I could ever do to repay Him. He is not even asking for payment. A response of dedicated thanksgiving, a sacrifice of my life to that extent is more than reasonable.  

This is a profound Psalm to consider at whatever season you find yourself in. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Dryden Update – February 2017

January is over. Thank God.

I did not hate January. Lots of positive steps occurred in the month, developments in one or two pursuits I have had in mind. One of my favourites is coming across the Anchor app. It’s not about ships at sea, thankfully, it’s a brilliant device for conversations and audio snippets of no more than two minutes. Terrific tool that will be a platform I intend to use more often.

January was also the month in which I got the Psalms writing going and I am grateful to God that it’s on track so far albeit having only completed over a fifth of the way through. One or two people have noticed that there’s some sort of countdown going on on my Twitter feed and wondering what’s that all about. Well what it is about is … something that I’ll be happy to share nearer the time.

Married life remains a source of great inspiration and I’m glad for that. Children are well and being children and I’m glad for that.

Church is interesting in a number of different ways. Opportunities cropping up in that as well. Most importantly good conversations are taking place leading us to consider Christ deeply and wants from us. That’s very positive.

January has also offered the chance to be able to make a note or two on plans for progress and some of those have started already. Others have to wait for a month or three while certain other things are sorted, but it’s reassuring to know that there isn’t procrastination in taking the steps necessary to see those plans begin to take some shape.

So that’s how things are going on the Dryden front. I have some desires for February. Some places I am going. Some places I want to go with others. Some things I want to materialise to liberate me from some other things from which I need liberating. As well as the ongoing desire to get deeper in knowing Jesus, by His Spirit, through His Word, in His Body of believers to the world He desires to be lightened by His presence made known. That is my desire.

One hugely helpful thing in these proceedings has been the greater place of prayer in my life – individually and as part of a body of believers. Learning to love Him more in and through prayer is a great experience. An experience I want to grow in more. I know I need the strength of the Lord to wake up in the morning, let alone be about any of the things He has called me to do. I know I need His strength and that increasingly comes from just enjoying and loving his presence through prayer.

Well, onwards and upwards dear reader. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and like the work that gets posted on here.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

December Thanks #30: Eternity

Yeah, I know it’s not December, but I am reaching the conclusion of the challenge I set for myself back at the beginning of December. 30 Days of Thanksgiving. Not that the Thanksgiving is coming to an end, though. 

Therein lies the meaning of the last entry on December Thanksgiving. It is truly something wonderful knowing that there is more to life than what can be seen with the natural eye. It is something marvellous to know that there is an unseen realm that informs reality and trusting in God who rules the seen and unseen is placing belief in the one who grants eternal life. 

It puts everything in perspective. The challenges, disappointments, suffering and pain so keenly felt in the midst of a world in search of peace will one day be taken over by the reality of eternity. Reality of the Kingdom that has no ending where peace, joy and love are constant, where evil in all forms is banished. 

Life that is now is lived to reflect that reality of eternity until all the efforts culminate in the great consummation at the return of the Son of God. 

That hope is something that gives purpose for living and for that I am forever grateful. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

December Thanks #29: Memories 

I will not forget what God has done for me and my family in 2016. He has definitely exceeded my expectations in ways I truly never even contemplated before. 

On this basis I am grateful for the memories of His faithfulness and goodness and look forward to discovering more of His greatness to those that love Him. 

For memories as rich as these I will forever be grateful. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden