Today is a national day of Reflection in the UK. There will be a minutes silence at 12 noon. This day has been chosen as it marks the first anniversary from the first lockdown in response to the pandemic. Other countries will have their own anniversaries and key dates but this is ours. And we... Continue Reading →
Giving up fear for Lent?
This week we have entered Lent, the 40 day period leading up to Easter when we remember that Jesus went into the wilderness. Traditionally Christians are called to give up stuff that’s bad for us and we tend to think of abstinence from indulgences such as sugar, chocolate, alcohol or even coffee. But what if... Continue Reading →
Farewell my lovely Mum
Today we laid mum to rest in with my Dad, in a beautiful cememtry in Sevenoaks. The sky was blue, the breeze soft and we began by listening to My Cathedral by Jim Reeves, (mum's choice, link to youtube version below). Well, that finished me off, before we'd even started. Today we didn't recall much... Continue Reading →
Definition of Faith?
I’ve been noticing the emergence of a new definition of faith for me. It’s a personal definition, I’m not offering it as any kind of radically new, catch-all, snazzy, jazzy definition. But it might help someone which is why I offer it. (I’m very aware that the Bible gives a very adequate definition of faith,... Continue Reading →
When love isn’t enough…
What do you do when someone you love refuses to change or seems incapable of change? When their life seems hopeless or helpless and they seem utterly incapable of doing anything about it? If you love them you want to 'fix them', right? But here's the thing: love isn't enough to fix anybody. Or is... Continue Reading →
‘It is what it is’
This is a phrase that has got me through some difficult experiences and some low moments. I've found myself saying it again to a couple of people lately. It may sound like resignation but there is a world of difference between resignation and acceptance (see image). So when I say this phrase I mean acceptance.... Continue Reading →
33 years of putting up with me
What a lot of people might not know about David is that he is very funny. Sometimes, it's true, we are laughing at him but mostly he is making us laugh. I love this photo from our wedding day. It's the only one of David making his speech and it's clear from our expressions that... Continue Reading →
God isn’t always comforting (and why that isn’t a bad thing)
The blog post below was written in early March 2014 . It was the start of Lent and I'd been ill for a month. Little did I know then but I'd still be ill for another month. In early April I went back to work. By mid April (just before Holy Week) I went back... Continue Reading →