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God Bless Your Marriage Today and Always

Posted on 19 July, 2018 at 13:00 Comments comments (0)


Father, we pray You will bless this marriage with Your amazing love

As they walk with You may their love for You and one another refine

Water their relationship with the sweet fragrance of Your love

Flowing river of God’s grace draw them to thoughts above


In the business of their lives give them times of sanctuary

Restorative peace

Restful renewal

Repairing of body, mind, and spirit


In Your created things there is joy if we take the time to see it

A robin redbreast with birdatttude

Strutting its stuff as it moves

Squabbling with other birds for its community position

Squirrels stuffing their cheeks with any food they can find

An eagle soaring through the sky

Trees dancing gently with the wind

Children laughing as they play

The smell of a rose

The sounds of silence

 

May the richest blessings of God be in your life

Comfort in times of strife

Calling you closer to our Father and one another

Infilling you with outstretched love for your sister, your brother

Let Spirit love flow

Compassion for the hurting

Reaching out to the abused, dejected and rejected

A love given to others that is as wide as the sea of Galilee

Telling others how from their prisons of pain they can be forever set free


Take time to see the message of God’s love in all things He has created

In the present of all He means to the both of you

Father, let each breath this couple breathes be filled with this knowledge

They are the apple of Your affection

Your love looking into their eyes

Your hope helping them see their brighter tomorrow

Your healing love for them and one another


Bless their marriage today and always

Amen.

Dr. Kevin James Osborne, Psy D., D.Sc., D.D., is the Vice-President of Institutional and Mission Development for St. James the Elder University. He feels God is leading him to graduate study in theology and counseling. Karen is a counsellor. She is also a Master to Doctoral student in Psychology at SJEU. Our mission field is wherever God puts us for His glory.


Healing Poem for People of Toronto

Posted on 29 April, 2018 at 13:00 Comments comments (0)


How can we begin to know the sorrow you are going through?

Lives are torn apart

A young man turning away from love

Committing an act of smoldering hatred

How your mind and spirit must be filled with such a huge weight

Why did this man go on a killing rampage?

Killing more women than men

More questions than answers


It’s okay to be filled with alternating numbness, anger, and sadness

I would be filled with all those emotions too

if I lost my wife, Karen, while she was walking down the street

While she was enjoying the beauty of the sun, the blue sky, birds singing

Trees dancing in the wind


Nothing will ever bring back precious lives lost

That is true

But what we all can say to the families and friends of the victims is this:

We love you

Through your time of grieving, we’ll be there

We care

We will share your burdens


It seems right now hate is more powerful than love

But it isn’t

It never will be

Through this tragedy, people are showing the best of their humanity

The florist giving out free flowers to the grieving

People paying for a stranger’s meal

Buying a coffee for someone you don’t know at Tim Hortons

The power of love paying it forward

Hand-written notes at the memorial saying you’re not alone

Too many compassionate Facebook and Twitter messages to count


Darkness can’t understand the Light

How could it ever?

The Light that gave its life for you, for me

The Love that sets the captive free

The Hope for suffering humanity


Love is the most powerful thing of all

Stronger than hate

Love is the greatest gift we can give

The present wounded in spirit welcome receiving


May you feel compassionate hearts reach out to you

Praying you will have times of comfort and peace

In your tears will be a much-needed healing release



Dr. Kevin James Osborne, Psy D., D.Sc., D.D., is the Vice-President of Institutional and Mission Development for St. James the Elder University. He feels God is leading him to graduate study in theology and counseling. Karen is a counsellor. She is also a Master to Doctoral student in Psychology at SJEU. Our mission field is wherever God puts us for His glory.

What is the true meaning of Christmas?

Posted on 20 December, 2017 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)



I share with you some thoughts about the Christmas season

That in all the hustle and bustle you would take time to reflect on its reason

It’s about caring for others

Going that extra mile

Bringing to the sad and the lonely a smile

Saying to others, “For you, I do care.

I want you to know for you I’m there.”

Christmas isn’t about going into debt

It’s about our saviour for who you wept

Who died on Calvary that from your sin you would be set free

We speak of a Jesus who was meek and mild

Looking with eyes of hope upon that holy child

Born at Bethlehem in a manger bare

Wise men from the east came to see Him there

They followed a bright and shining star

Coming from country afar

To offer their gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold

To worship the infant

Taking time with Mary and Joseph to behold the Christ child there

Shepherds watching their flocks by night

were told by an angel of the Lord,

“Today is born this day in Bethlehem in the city of David,

a saviour.”

The shepherds left their flocks to worship Jesus there

Over 2,000 years have gone by

Men, women, and children still searching their hearts

To try to understand fully why God would give to us

the gift of His one and only Son to die at Calvary

Why He would love us so much to allow us from our sin to be set free

Theologians, ministers, and laypeople continue to ask that question

When I think about Christ in the manger

The baby who grew up to speak a message of hope for all

the answer for why God gave such a huge sacrifice is this:

God did it to not only free us from the wrong things we say, think and do

He did it because He wanted to teach you and me

that the best gifts in life are free

To encourage and challenge us to show our love to others,

our outstretched humanity

That we would learn what true love does mean

That kind of sacrificial love isn’t as often seen

There is less of a spirit of community

Too much focus on the “me”

But I thank our Father in Heaven for those who love the hurting

Take time to listen to others in despair

Over a cup of coffee, their compassion to share

I pray this message has spoken to your heart

Has lifted your weary spirit

Please take time from your work to rest and play

To spend time with family and friends

The best present you can give is your love

Treat everyone equally as your sister, as your brother

Allow the spirit of Christmas to be alive in you every day

Take time for the struggling to pray

To help them where you can

Tell them they aren’t failures

because they have fallen on hard times

They are a-okay

For everyone, this would be my prayer:

In this world filled with too much terror, too much fear

a spirit of unconditional love would flow out from you 365 days a year

Dr. Kevin James Osborne, D.Sc., D.D., Psy D. Candidate, is the Vice-President of Institutional and Mission Advancement for St. James the Elder University. He was recently named to the office of Chaplain by Most Reverend Heyward B. Ewart Ph.D., Psy.D., D.D., who is the Head of Holy Catholic Church International. Kevin and Karen have a private counseling practice called You Can Hope Again Counselling. Kevin is a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) candidate at St. James the Elder University. When he graduates with his Doctorate in Psychology, he feels God is leading him to postgraduate study in theology and counseling. Karen plans to take graduate studies in psychology and theology. Our journey is all about being servants of Christ’s love wherever God leads us. Our mission field is wherever God puts us for His glory.

Father, help us learn from the poor

Posted on 15 October, 2017 at 15:40 Comments comments (0)



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Father, what a better world it would be if we learned from the poor

to be servants of Your love

Give from Your heart in us to the poor, who Your love can’t get enough of

Lord, give us open hearts to the poor

Learn from them as they come to our door

Hear the stories of their hearts

Take the time the gift of Your inner healing love to them impart



Many sad faces have I seen

The damage to the dignity of the poor from those who are ignorant, those who are mean

The destruction from those who judge the poor as being nothing

when in Your eyes they are beautiful; they are really quite something!



Father, You shape us all into the people You want us to be,

that our lives would reflect that of Jesus, the man from Galilee

The One who made the lame to walk, the blind to see not just with their eyes,

but also with their spirituality.

He who gave His life at Calvary so from all darkness we would be forever set free

Thank you for loving a sinner like me

 


Oh, God, how can we thank You enough for salvation’s loving gift?

For Your willingness to allow Your one and only Son to die

Love that did not pass us by

Burning love give to us for the poor in body and spirit You to us bring

Let us for them a song of love’s sweet refrain to their weary spirits sing

 


Father, we have so much to learn from the poor

Be willing to be taught by them what it means to care

What it means from our many blessings with them to share

The love that can be found in community

The hope of Christ that to all of us He can give

Two open hands to others because Jesus does in our spirit live

 


When you see a homeless person out on the street

Cold, hungry, feeling all alone, please take time to get to know their name

Be taught by that person through their story

Show that hurting soul in despair that you are there, that you care

 


Working together we need to learn from the poor how we can lift them out of poverty,

so that a brighter tomorrow they see, where no longer will they need to decide to

pay their rent or food or medication, because we joined together to end poverty

with an undying dedication.



Lord, please teach me, teach all of us how we can learn from the poor,

that poverty would one day be no more.

 

Dr. Kevin James Osborne D.D., D.Sc., Psy. D. (Cand.) is the Vice-President of Institutional and Mission Advancement for St. James the Elder University. If you would like to speak with him about becoming a student or just want someone who will pray with you, you can contact him at [email protected] You can call him at (705)316-0725. You can reach Patriarch Paul, who is President of St. James the Elder University at (904)805-6163. His email address is bewart[email protected] Here’s the link for the school. www.stjamestheelder.org/ As a fundraiser for a church that will have a university and seminary as well as a medical and counselling centre where NO ONE will be denied care, we are offering a greatly reduced price of $2,500 for our combined Master to Doctoral Programs in Psychology and Theology. In the coming weeks, we will be introducing degree programs in Social Work. If God is tugging at your heart to study with us take a leap of faith and listen to it. You never know where it may lead.

Ode to a Microwave

Posted on 7 August, 2017 at 11:45 Comments comments (0)


The other day our microwave went kaput.

I felt like kicking it with my foot.

When I heard a snapping sound as I tried to open the door,

it fought back at me and gave me what for.


It was holding my hot chicken noodle soup captive.

Let’s just say I got over-reactive.

I got so angry at it swear words I did say.

I was determined for holding my lunch hostage,

it would dearly pay.


I said to the microwave, “I’ll get back at you.

You just wait and see what I do!”

Knowing the microwave was toast,

a knife from the cutting block I did get,

and after about an hour I finally

got my chicken noodle soup free.

I said to this taunting microwave,

“Hee! Hee! Hee!”


I was exhausted from fighting with the microwave.

I knew to explain all that happened to my wife Karen,

my energy I would need to save.

I slept the rest of the afternoon.

When I woke up Karen was there.

She must have seen the fatigue in my face,

because she looked concerned as she looked at me and said,

“Darling, what kind of day did you have?”


I told her about my noble battle with the microwave.

I knew she would empathize with me.

She recalled years ago when we thought our microwave was history.

But when we thought it was gone,

no lights, no power in it did we see,

we thought that’s the end of our microwave.

We’ll have to get another one,

the microwave, it came back on.


We looked at the cost of a new one from other stores,

but thought their prices were way too high.

We decided from Kijiji a microwave we would buy.

We got a name-brand one from Kijiji

because the price was right.

In fact, to use an expression from the 1970s, “It was out of sight!”


We’ll always miss our old microwave.

Like a good friend, you get used to it.

But like all the tough times we have in life,

when people hurt us by the things without thinking they say,

I believe God brings people to help us through our inner pain.

They are there with us as our inner strength we regain.

They are those caring people our Father brings our way,

so through our hurt, we can see hope for our brighter day.


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. Kevin is going to be a chaplain. He also feels called to be a professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen is the Director of a women’s abuse shelter. She enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppets, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy teddy bear, and Mike the Moose from Matheson. This is a small town in northern Ontario, Canada, an hour’s drive south of the city of Timmins. Dr. Teddy and Mike the Moose from Matheson are consultants with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog

Two Open Hands

Posted on 2 June, 2017 at 11:30 Comments comments (0)


I looked into my heart today

Saw yet what needs to change in me

A greater love for suffering humanity

The call to be a chaplain, a professor of Psychology and

Pastoral Theology I feel

For that calling, I will need your prayers

As I learn more about sharing the hope I have

May it be to the hurting a healing salve


I kneel before the Father knowing of my own humanity

I wouldn’t have the strength for this call

I wouldn’t be able to love one and all


Lord, I thank you for the gift of Karen my wife

She loves me through all kinds of strife

Encourages me to see me as You see me

A sinner saved by grace at the cross of Calvary

You gave Your one and only Son there

that others would be able to cast on Him their every care

To be free from evil’s tyranny

To truly know Your love that sets us free


Karen sees who I yet can be

as I put my trust in Thee

Over 35 years ago I gave myself to You

in no have measure

To call people to receive Heaven’s eternal treasure


I stumble along life’s way

Get up again and try all the more

to live the purpose I’m here for

To encourage others to no longer be a slave to sin

To know Your joy that flows within


Father, show me how to love that searching soul

That one who has felt life’s heavy toll

To be there with two open hands

Point that person to the One who understands

The God who hears our faintest cry

The amazing love of You, our Father Adonai


I lift my soul in prayer

for all of you who are struggling out there

I hope with all my heart

you will give two open hands to the God who sees you

He who knows everything about you

Sees your sin

Yet wants to have it cleansed

Have you experience new life within


He is there even if you think He is not

There to cleanse each dark spot

To remove all the rot

To fashion you into the person He wants you to be

To have you feel His love from now into eternity


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counsellors. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog


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Spirit Wings of Grace for All

Posted on 29 April, 2017 at 13:00 Comments comments (0)


Father, please give us spirit wings of grace to fly

To bask in the love of You, our Father Adonai

We ask for love poured out and running over

Feeling the freedom and joy of sins forgiven

Called to Your purpose for our life


Help those who are in burnout

Who don’t feel Your presence

Life for them has lost its essence

Like the town water pump they are

Giving of their life until there is nothing left

Feeling abandoned by You

Feeling abandoned by others

Lost in all of their responsibilities

Seeking not to show their vulnerabilities


Show them how You have never left

When they feel so deeply bereft

Bring into their lives people who care

Who show by their love they are there


Speak to those who are in burnout

That You never called them to that

We get so caught up in the unreasonable expectations of others and ourselves

Look around for help finding none there

Told that it’s our fault


Church and community need to show compassion to those in burnout

How can we say we wear Your wings of grace when we fail to support those in burnout?

Don’t they like Your prophet Elijah need to have time their inner and physical strength to renew?


Father, when we see precious souls in burnout, give us the love to come alongside them.

Tell them, “It’s time to take time out.

I care about you too much to leave you all alone

You need a break from all you do to feel how much God loves you."


"God doesn’t call any one of us to give until we feel empty inside

If we do that how can the peace that passes all understanding in us abide?

We can become resentful of those we are called to help

Feel guilty inside for feeling this way

Be caught in a never-ending depressing dark night

Lost in the darkness

Fail to see light

Get physically and emotionally ill

The light of caring in us kill”


"Let a renewed hope be in our speech

Our thoughts

Our words

Our actions


Springtime comes breathing into us its life

A new song is sung of love conquering hate

Caring for that one soul to heal abuse inflicted

Changing our community one life at a time


Let all things green in nature remind us of the best in us

Love freely given

Laughter

That caring hand when it is needed most

Life in far too much death

Too much terror

Too much pain

Too much suffering

Too much agony”


Our Father spoke these thoughts into my heart:

“Please remember, I always love you

For you I always care

For you I’ll always be there

There’s not a tear you shed I don’t feel

My love for you is always real


When you cry out to Me in the lonely night or at anytime

I always hear You

I always listen

I’m always there

Never forget any care with Me you can share


I need your voice among many

Calling community to help all who are treated with cruelty

Showing the courage of your convictions

Compassion’s gift to wounded lives.”


I asked this question of our Father in prayer:

“How can we have the spirit wings of grace?”

He said, “See the potential in each human face.”

I said, “How do I do that?”

He said, “Look with spiritual eyes of love

See the best within each one to you I send

Tell them about My love that has no end

Never judge them for who you perceive they are

You miss seeing so much by judging others with your physical sight

You’ll see only their darkness, none of their light


Tell them I care for them no matter what their sin

I want them to have My peace within

A joy that alcohol and drugs won’t give them

An enduring happiness that all the world’s temptations cannot give


Lust is not love

It’s not the stuff a lasting marriage is made up of

There must be that spark of love I ignite

A mutual respect for one another

Seeking to help the other develop to their potential in Me


Tell others about a purpose that for them is uniquely designed

In doing that my spirit wings of grace for all you will wear

Because you took the time to care.”


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counsellors. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog



Why should I be joyful on Good Friday?

Posted on 15 April, 2017 at 0:45 Comments comments (0)



When I woke up outside our bedroom window I saw a blue sky

I asked our Father, “Why isn’t the sky gray on Good Friday?”

This to my heart He did say:


“Kevin, in this world of terror and fear 

I feel it’s important to say why My Son came here

His mission was to show My love for humanity

To bring a message of acceptance to all He did see

All in this world are loved equally 

 

The Christian is no better than the atheist 

No kinder than those who say I don’t exist

You see, I put a message of love in all

Some listen to it

Some resist that call

Some say My Son was only a teacher 

Others say He was only a prophet

Others say He was nothing more than a mere man 

That all the miracles He did perform are nothing more than stories

Symbolic

Dramatic

Showing the message of forgiveness we all need to hear

Comforting people in their fear


Each must make their own choice 

That is their decision

Faith is believing in that which you don’t see

It’s trusting that I wouldn’t lie to all humanity


For those who have eyes to see 

Good Friday is about far more than the suffering of My Son 

It’s when the Christ of all showed My eternal glory 

It’s a sad yet joyful salvation story 

I felt the pain of My Son before, during and after Calvary 

I gave My one and only Son that new life in all could be begun


Please don’t think I didn’t cry when I allowed My Son to die


Please don’t feel only gloom for Me and Christ on Good Friday

 

This of you I would ask 

In My message of mercy you would bask 

The joy of Good Friday is grace is free

My grace line is open 24 hours a day for all, you see 

I even accept your long distance call

My love is for one and all

Not one of you will be turned away

That’s the joy of Good Friday


I know 

Looking at the cross is tough

It can make you feel awfully rough

Could I ask you to think of it also this way?

It’s your jubilee day

An opportunity for your captive spirit to be set free

To feel a beautiful love for all suffering humanity 

To open your heart to the physically and developmentally disabled

A greater love for them would be enabled 

To pour out My love for the prostitute and the destitute

The rich and the poor

To those who can’t find their way to My open door

To not reject those who have an addiction 

To share with all My love prescription 

To give those who have no place to live

A place to call their own

A caring voice from a homeless worker’s telephone

 

To tell the ill about a love darkness cannot kill

Those who I have made weak in body are strong 

Because they come to Me often 

They draw on My strength 

They have so little of their own

They know on Good Friday My Son took upon Himself

The sins of all

That they might hear My call

Be cleansed of all their iniquity

Follow My purpose for their life

Show people the way to Me

That love would beat in their souls eternally


Love is the message of Good Friday

Love is the message a Taliban bullet shot at Malala Yousafzai

could not kill 

A bullet cannot kill an idea

A world where NO ONE would be denied health care 

We would in caring communities for others be there 

We would free many from their heavy yoke of poverty

New happiness in their lives they would see 

A dream that everyone would have a quality education

A caring hand up that leads to hope

Jobs that feed the starving 

Because a joyful purpose they would be carving

A hope for a more beautiful world

Communities that for all people care

Communities that reach out to everyone there



When life has got you down

Hope you cannot see

Come back to this message of love from Me

That comes from Calvary


Yes, on Good Friday do take time to cry 

It’s a sad event how life from My Son was spent

Please also take time to feel great joy

That love’s message you would employ


Love’s story continues from Good Friday to today

It can be there in everything you do, think or say

When you feel that love beat in your heart

That’s My message to all you can impart


Kevin, thanks for taking time to listen to Me

To hear about My love that’s always free

To feel that love from now into eternity.”


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counsellors. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.


Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog



The Path of Peace, Forgiveness and Love

Posted on 21 January, 2017 at 0:25 Comments comments (0)



God’s peace walked with me amidst my busy day

 

His strength was with me as I did pray

 

He reminded me Christ is my hope and stay

 

His love is with me all the way

 

I love You, Father, more than I could ever say


 

 

When I get it wrong, You are always there to forgive

 

Have me my apology to those I’ve hurt give

 

Then, I feel a growing love for them in my heart live


 

 

Thank you, Father, for loving me with all my sin

 

Cleansing sin’s soot within


 

 

Flow healing river within me

 

Make me who I ought to be

 

Looking beyond my abusive past I finally feel free

 

See more of my God-given destiny

 

Blue sky of joy peaking through the gray I see

 

I rejoice that You love me!


 

 

Help me each day to love others as You love me

 

Never be offended by their hostility

 

Look beyond hurtful words to the pain inside You see

 

Listen with my heart and mind to suffering humanity


 

 

Everyone has something to teach me

 

A lesson

 

An experience

 

A new way of looking at things


 

 

In my weaknesses am I made strong

 

Through my challenges I see how You to my life does belong

 

You use those who can’t walk, hear, see or slow to understand

 

To teach others how we’re all fearfully and wonderfully made by Your hand

 

No one is ugly in Your eyes

 

We’re all beautiful

 

We’re all unique


 

 

Help me and all of us see Your path of peace, forgiveness and love

 

To soak in Your peace with all the business of life

 

To feel the healing flow of forgiving others and ourselves

 

To love one another as Your Son loved

 

Unconditionally

 

Completely

 

Sacrificially

 

With two open hands


 

 

Thank You, Father, for teaching us about Your peace, forgiveness and love.

 

 

Amen.

 

Kevin and Karen Osborne are Christian pastoral counsellors and psychotherapists. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. We have started You Can Hope Again Counselling. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog

Experiencing the Spirit of the First Noel

Posted on 19 December, 2016 at 13:40 Comments comments (0)

I wonder what it would have been like to see that first noel, to see that bright and shining star in the east that guided wise men to the place where Jesus lay, surrounded by His mother, Mary, father, Joseph, and shepherds watching their flock by night. Oh, how it must have been such a glorious sight! It must have given the angels such joy to say to the shepherds, “Fear not! Be of good cheer, for to you is born this day in the city of David a saviour for all.” I wonder how many listened that day and throughout Christ’s life to salvation’s beckoning love call?

 

The babe in swaddling clothes lying in a stable manger the wise men did find. He was the gift to all humankind. The wise men offered their gifts to Jesus of gold, and the essential oils of frankincense and myrrh. I wonder how doing that did in their hearts such hope for a kinder, more loving world did stir.

 

I pray it fills your heart with joy in this world filled with too much news of terror and daily strife, that in the town of Bethlehem new hope was given for your life.

 

Jesus brought a message of love to a world filled with too much hate, and too little love. He grew up to tell others we shouldn’t hate. We should love one another. We should treat everyone equally as our brother.

 

Christ died for us all because it was His Father's will, ignorance, fear and hatred of His message of love for all. Through His death we can sing the message of His love’s sweet refrain. New life can beat in weary hearts again.

 

All God asks is that we would come with all our sin, that His spirit of love would dwell within.

 

In the business of this Christmas season, please take some time to think about that first noel, when hope to many lives was born. May Christ our heavenly King to your life a renewed joy bring. When your life is filled with too much stress, God’s love is with you in all you go through. Let the spirit of that first noel come alive in you. May you see the truth that you can have a brighter today if you let God guide you in every way..

 

Forgive those who have hurt you in thought, word and deed. Give yourself the gift of being released from all that joy-stealing pain, that a new song of love in your heart would beat again.

 

When others say there can be no peace upon this earth, encourage them that they have a purpose of great worth. They can change their community and our world by committing to care for just one life. If we all sat down together and shared our ideas of how we can release people from their physical and spiritual poverty, just think of the better communities and world we would see.

 

Father, thank you for the gift of that first noel. May Your love in our hearts forever dwell.



Kevin and Karen Osborne are Christian pastoral counsellors and psychotherapists. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. We have started You Can Hope Again Counselling. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world. 


Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog