Hello world from my coffice (coffee/office….my contribution to the queen’s language!!).

So the weather here is changing! I no longer wake up freezing at night and the mornings are very pleasant! I even purchased myself a basketball so if you live in the area don’t park near the fence!!

Anyway today my short reflection is on recycling. The world has gone mad recycling. There is a bag for this and a box for that and some people seem to take it a little too seriously! Frankly, I enjoyed the freedom of the Irish countryside where we just burnt everything out the back!

However the concept of recycling is good and while I won’t be getting any awards from environmental agencies any time soon, I see recycling in a different light!

We all have thrash to throw out. It might be our failed marriage, it might be our failed career, it might be our failed children and the thousand million failures and mistakes we have made!

Today, Jesus is looking for failure to recycle into success. He is asking us to just give it to Him, don’t be afraid of opening the door and of Him seeing the mess (He already sees in the windows).

Give Him your fear and pride and He will recycle your mess! He will set fire to your rubbish and it’ll make one hell of a fire! Some bottles will explode, some rats may flee from the heat!

Then like an antique collector He will take what is not destroyed and He will restore it better than ever before!

He will take your mistakes, might be abortions, affairs, sex, theft and He will turn them into lessons!

He will take your regrets, the things you wish you did and He will turn them into ambitions!

He will take your misery and He will transform it into joy!

He will take your weakness and He will transform it into strength!

He will take your anger and hatred and He will transform it into peace and calm!

And most of all, He will take your poor, hardened, bruised and bleeding heart and He will transform it into a heart of flesh!

And so I will finish with one of my favourite songs. Edith Piaff’s ‘je ne regrette rien’

And so today as Edith puts it ‘allumons le feu’ (light the fire) with our rubbish and ‘repartons à zéro’ (start again) with Jesus, the master recycle man!

Tranlation below for anyone interested!

I regret nothing

No, absolutely nothing
No, I regret nothing
Not the good that has been given
Not the bad, it’s all the same to me

No, absolutely nothing
No, I regret nothing
It is payed, done, forgotten
I don’t care about the past
With my memories
I light the fire
My pains, my pleasures
I don’t need them anymore
I’m done with the loves
and all their troubles
I’m done for ever
I start over with nothing

No, absolutely nothing
No, I regret nothing
Not the good that has been given
Not the bad, it’s all the same to me
No, absolutely nothing
No, I regret nothing

Because my life, because my joys
today, they start with you