I visited Eileen Taylor every few weeks when old age and failing health meant she had to move from her home into a residential care facility. These were enjoyable afternoons, sitting side by side with Miss Taylor OBE sipping tea and watching the 'residential care world' go by. Eileen loved politics, travel and any recent … Continue reading The Tough Ones
1 Corinthians 13,13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. One of the disconcerting things about the Coronavirus pandemic is that we have lost faith. We have lost faith in the invincibility of our Great British NHS. Staffing crises, funding cuts, winter pressures and the … Continue reading Faith, Hope and Love.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. — Proverbs 3,3. I've never been a fan of ritual and repetition - too many memories of formulaic church prayers, clergy with odd dressing habits and the garbled 'grace' we recited collectively before … Continue reading The Sacred Ritual.
Earlier this year I got caught up in a snowstorm in Glasgow. Unexpectedly, (Glaswegians pride themselves on being able to handle a fair bit of snow) the ice and snow disabled all transport networks in and out of the city, leaving many travellers in hastily booked city centre hotels overnight. Late that evening many stranded … Continue reading Have you found a ‘good’ church yet?
She selects “wool and flax and works with eager hands.” (Proverbs 31,13. NIV) She is a business leader, politician, lawyer, teacher, doctor. She is an artist. She is a leader in her field. She operates with integrity. She is a respected wife. She is a caring mother. She is creative. She offers wise counsel. She is … Continue reading The Perfectionist
Kate Thomas (50), a mother of two and journalist wrote in the 'Weekend' section of The Times on Saturday 3rd March about her recent experience of vaginal rejuvenation in a London cosmetic clinic. It's a graphic account in which Thomas outlines the procedure itself, her rationale for opting for it, her sex life and the … Continue reading Seasons of Silence.
Dear 'Prophetic Word-Bearer', There are many times in my life when I've pleaded with God for you to make an appearance with a 'word' for my situation. Just for clarification, I haven't been expecting any accompanying miracle or detailed roadmap. A quiet word of encouragement when in a crisis that I was 'doing the right thing' … Continue reading Has God given you a message for me?
Psalm 145:4 “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts …” It's been a typical late October day here in Yorkshire, England: sunshine mixed with grey cloud, a little damp underfoot, and people have already started hunkering down in their homes ready for winter. Most gardens are looking weather-weary, and the storms last … Continue reading Our Shared Lives.
Autumn is a time of small pleasures: glowing sunsets; landscapes painted in colour; hot drinks with friends; crisp, cool, misty mornings. “Our lives are stories built of small moments. Ordinary experiences. It is too easy to forget that our days are adding up to something astonishing. We do not often stop to notice the signs … Continue reading A Day of Small Things.
It seems like, as Jesus said, in this world, we will always have trouble. Our lives will be punctuated with sorrow and discouragement, pain and fear. And for some, life offers few intervals between each onslaught. Chronicity is a word linked to so many medical disorders: anxiety, arthritis, diabetes, depression. No-one wants to hear it, … Continue reading When Discouraged.