It was a beautiful sunny day in Sydney today. I went for a drive in the country and visited the Berry markets. (For those unfamiliar, these aren’t fruit markets. Berry is a former dairy farming town 2 hours south of Sydney, which has reinvented itself as an art and craft town. Once a month, they hold markets where you can buy fresh vegetables, plants, arts and crafts, food and miscellanea.) We brought back some herbs to grow.
Also today it was reported that around 150 people died in Nigeria when an Islamist sect carried out attacks using bombs and guns on police stations, churches and an army base in the north of the country. These killings continue the sorry history of tensions between the Islamic north and christian south of the country.
We have so much in the west, including (mostly) safety from this sort of thing. It is scary to reflect on Jesus’ words (Luke 12:48):
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”