Grace in paradox

When I see the people seeking asylum here in Iceland, I have never heard someone say, “I want to become a rich man”. No, everybody says, “I just want to live an ordinary life”. And there is wisdom in this. On the other hand, those who live in a blessed situation always run the risk […]

Grace – love without being asked

In the handbook for us priests in the Icelandic church, we find this sentence in the section of Holy Baptism: “Guð og faðir Drottins vors Jesú Krists hefur elskað oss að fyrra bragði”, which means: “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has loved us without being asked” or “God has loved us from […]

Go up, let us go

We can be the same, and we should be the same. The missions that the Holy Spirit gives us are not limited to direct work in the church. Our missions in life can be various, even unique. We can choose the path of the nurse, engineer, baker, football player, chef, policeman, artist, singer, writer, etc. […]

Meeting Jesus, believing in Christ

We might sometimes ask ourselves: “Why didn’t Jesus appear to Caiaphas, Pilate, or the Jewish high priests who had put him on the cross? Or to those people who had made fun of Jesus when he was crucified, after the resurrection? Jesus could say to them: ‘Hey, look, I have risen from the death! Now […]

Everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord

“Love your neighbor like yourself”. This commandment might require endless work and we might get tired, exhausted and sometimes feel weary and miserable. But still we try to follow it, because it’s worth trying, because Jesus wanted us to. It brings surely reward to us. “But indeed, what can I do? I am a man […]

Temptation vs Force of the Lord

When we want something badly, or are in real need, we know that we are vulnerable to temptation. Add to this that we have our personal flaws, such as greed. Greed means here not only greed for money, but also greed for power, fame or for sex. When we are in trouble, and when we […]

As the deer pants for the water brooks

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:2-3) I would guess that this passage from Psalm 42 really fits how many of you are feeling now, and expressing your emotions. Many of us are like deer […]

Love and pain story – Christmas

When we try to love, it can bring us certain pain. Please think how much these two, love and pain, are related in our life. For example, we love our children, and because of it we might worry about them when they are in trouble. If you fall in love with somebody, you might have […]