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Christchurch and working in midst of personal trials

I was talking to a Christchurch journalist who was having a break in Nelson last weekend. He told me that one of his colleagues had lost several of her friends in the collapse of the CTV building in Christchurch. She has been in deep grief and although offered time off by her employers, she had continued to work. She feels she is better able to handle her emotions by being positively involved in work than by sitting around doing nothing and focusing on her loss.

Those who travel the cancer road know how she feels. There may be a sentence of death passed over us, but life becomes a lot more enjoyable if we are actively and positively involved in the lives of others.

Bronwen’s and my road is still a roller-coaster ride of pain and emotions but it is balanced by the positive day-to-day involvement we have in home schooling our grand-children, Abe and Phoebe. Some friends have suggested Becky should not put that pressure on us, the same as an employer should not expect a journalist to work, but there is far more therapy in active work than in sitting around with no goals that involve building into someone’s eternity. The fact that Rebekah has invited us to continue with the children this year is a God-given blessing to us and gives us a raison d’être.

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Posted by on 2 March, 2011 in Articles, Personal


The Kings Speech

The movie, The King’s Speech is making waves at the moment and is a favourite to win an Oscar.

The proverb of unknown origin, “cometh the hour, cometh the man”, fits King George VI very well. My father in his memoirs records a little known fact of British history that highlights the calibre of this man.

My parents, Frank and Marjory Duncan, had trained to be missionaries and were due to leave for China, when England, and with it the entire Empire entered the Second World War. NZ passports were being refused and all men and women of military age were forbidden to leave the country. My father and mother, engaged to be married, received a letter from the relevant Government Department advising them that they had permission to leave the country at the specific request of King George VI.

When England entered the war, King George VI called the entire British Empire to observe a Day of Prayer. During this time he felt that if the Empire wished to know God’s blessing in the defense of the realm, it must do nothing to hinder the work of His kingdom. He therefore released all those who were already trained for missionary service to proceed to take the Gospel to the world. He also believed these people would make good Ambassadors and public relations personnel wherever they went.

This information was confirmed by the Hon Fred Jones who was the NZ Minister of Defence at the time and throughout the war years.

Would King Edward VIII have made such a decision? The Scriptures say that God puts kings in power and God takes them down. His is the Unseen Hand in history. It was God who allowed his unlawful personal relationship with Wallace Simpson to bring King Edward VIII down so He could bring the hesitant Bertie to the throne “for such a time”

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Posted by on 26 January, 2011 in Articles, Devotional, Personal