My name is Chris Thomas. I’m a fortunate husband, a father of three and Dad to five. I’m an advocate of foster care as an expression of the gospel. I’m a pastor at Raymond Terrace Community Church, a regional church based in the Hunter Valley, Australia. I mostly write about the gospel and how it informs both work and rest.

Sheltering In The Shadow

Sheltering In The Shadow

The 'hot sand hop' brings a smile to everyones face, apart from the poor soul who is dancing frantically across the beach in search of sweet relief in the cool waters of the waves that beckon.

A stranger's towel is fair game; a stray frisbee, a small child's bucket—each object a potential source of relief from the searing burn of the sun-scorched sand. A rare shadow, cast long over the wasteland, becomes a beacon of hope and rest.

These are my memories of childhood summers at the beach.

Searching for shadows.

I cherish these memories, as they remind me to seek shelter in the shadow even today.

Psalm 91:1-2 says:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust". (ESV)

The beauty of these verses is found in the person that casts His awesome shadow across the landscape of my life.

The Almighty.

The Most High.

It's in this shadow I find shelter.

In it I find both a refuge and a fortress.

And in it, I join voice with the Psalmist who says, "My God, in whom I trust".

Fighting Apathy With Awe

Fighting Apathy With Awe

I Don't Fit In

I Don't Fit In