In Other Words

© J. Francois Barnard - 3 January 2023

And there was light. Neither suddenly, nor blindingly. A subtle light warming up and getting brighter, and I accepted it.

Wising up Mr Ginger

© J. Francois Barnard - 20 January 2021

I love cats. I still miss our old Jeremiah dearly today, even though he has been gone several years now. His absence has left a void in our hearts and home.

The Attitude of Jonah

© J. Francois Barnard – April 2020

Yes, Jonah. The same biblical prophet who took a detour through the belly of a fish. Jonah had an attitude, and amid the worldwide Coronavirus crisis, I am reminded of Jonah.

Paint the Canvas, my Son!

© J. Francois Barnard – January 2020

The year is 2020, and the month is January. Ahead of you lies the blank canvas of your life. For the last 22 years, you, your mother and I have been preparing you to make those first strokes of the brush. It is with great anticipation that we look at what you and your Heavenly Father plan to paint!

The above may seem to relay so much pressure on you, but this is not it. The pressure is off. Gone are the days of assignments, tests, and exams. The fun is about to begin!

The Buffer and the Bad Blood

© J. Francois Barnard – 28 December 2019

More than 22 years ago, I held my baby boy on my lap and looked at his sweet face. Absolute perfection! A perfect baby born into an imperfect world.

As I reminisced about my childhood, I wondered about what my boy would face in his life? What impact would this imperfect world have on a boy born so perfectly?