Theme for January 2021: First

The First and Last

The First and Last

  I wrote this song in 1999, but it really came into its own last year, more than 20 years later – sung in church as an encouragement to my congregation during lockdown, and accompanied on the ukelele at the bedside of someone who was dying. Now it’s my privilege to share a recording of … Continue reading "The First and Last" ...
First love

First love

‘You yourself know what you need’  (Photo: Irene Bom)   In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Jesus said: “I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” … Continue reading "First love" ...
The last may be first

The last may be first

Rotterdam shop window  (Photo: Irene Bom)   Opening Invocation (inspired by Luke 14: 7-14) Hospitable God, you invite us to a banquet where the last may be first, and the humble and the mighty trade places. Let us share your abundance with no fear of scarcity; let us greet strangers as angels you have sent! … Continue reading "The last may be first" ...
First things first

First things first

Spotted outside Rotterdam Central Station  (Photo: Irene Bom)   Living alone during a pandemic, working from home since March 2020, one of the ways I stay alive is to be creative and share my work online. Through this blog, for example. Thank you. Another creative outlet in 2020 was the 12 Song Challenge, hosted by … Continue reading "First things first" ...