The Teller of All Our Stories 21st September, 2019 - Once upon a time…
That’s how our stories begin.
The tales we tell are of dragons and maidens and heroes,
of princes and princesses, of slippers, wolves and beanstalks.
These serve us well: grim tales to thrill the young, epic tales to enchant the old,
in which witches bewitch, elves fight battles (or mend small shoes)
and rings are uncovered and wonderlands discovered.
Journeys begin and end, wardrobe doors open and close,
treasure is lost and found, fellowships are forged ...
In with a stone – out with an acorn 16th September, 2018 - I went in with a stone – and came out with an acorn.
Arrival – burdened, questioning, hurting.
Who am I? Where am I? Why did I?
Have I been faithful to God’s calling all those years ago?
What have I lost about and within myself?
What comes next?
Not to escape, but to face the challenge
To listen, to respond.
Whether the voice is still and small and calm
or crashes like a thunderstorm.
The skies ...
Every ingredient counts 17th August, 2015 - Have you ever had a soggy bottom? I know I have! If, like me, you have ever been drawn to the kitchen to produce luscious cakes, create a kugelhopf, beat together a baklava, or dash off a ciabatta then I’m sure you’ll be glued to the new series of the Great British Bake Off.
It’s a fun programme. There’s the nervous cooks, the naughty presenters and the tough judges with a twinkle in their eyes. And it’s great to hear ...
Gospel Gossip 9th December, 2014 -     Billy Graham once remarked that, “A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.” Be that as it may gossip – from the prying of the newspaper gossip columns to the wickedness of the ‘behind-the-back’ remarks in communities – has always struck me as representing one of the least pleasant sides of human nature. There is never any need to add the word “malicious” to describe it, for all tittle-tattle is ...
Thank God! 5th November, 2014 - A friend of mine is 50 this year, but instead of drawing up a list of things he’d like for this landmark birthday he’s chosen 50 friends and sent us specially-chosen gifts as a thank you for our friendship and support.
I rather like the idea of turning the expected ‘want list’ on its head and using the milestone in his life as a way of saying thanks to people who have been an encouragement, an inspiration, or a shoulder ...
Walking on water 23rd July, 2014 - Treading water.
Not drowning, not waving,
not floating, not falling,
not sinking, not swimming…
Just treading water.
Going nowhere in particular, but getting life done.
Sometimes it’s calm – and I am relaxed, not worried,
at peace and unhurried.
Sometimes it’s rough – the waves carry me to new parts of the same waters,
and life gets stormy.
But still I go nowhere in particular
and all there is for me
is being all at sea… Making an occasional splash,
At the Crossroads 22nd July, 2014 - I have just returned from my retreat for this year, again taken at the beautiful and tranquil Launde Abbey in Leicestershire.
I like to take a Bible verse or passage with me to chew over, reflect on and pray about, and this time I chose a verse from the prophet Jeremiah, which has been challenging and inspiring me:  This is what the Lord says; stand at the crossroads and look; Ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way ...