There’s a part of me I almost always hold back. Not consciously but by default.
‘I love you and you and you and you and me and you and you and me and you and you!’ Pointing at four of my grandchildren in turn and occasionally at myself for comic relief – it was a fun game with a happy message. ‘Funny Pa Pa, you love yourself?!’ said the oldest […]
CS Lewis writes of our generous ability to find excuses for our own bad behaviour but our stubborn inability to accept those excuses in another. (Presupposing you accept the existence of something so old fashioned as the idea of bad behaviour…) He continues that even if there is reasonable excuse for a harmful or hurtful […]
Don’t lose heart and don’t lose vision! Run your race with perseverance and keep your eyes on the most important things, that are already yours, that money can’t buy: Serving God, strengthening your family, building character, being honourable and generous, finding wisdom, rejecting despair and self-pity, enjoying the little things of life, working hard, always […]
Consider how much human energy is expended in discovering what’s inside us. Entire industries, advancing technologies and schools of learning exist to help us peer into our physical beings. A billion words have been written in developing insight of our emotional and psychological beings. If our skin and organs were transparent and our thoughts and […]
A young professional joined in our breakfast and told of some recent spiritual seeking. Eve: ‘I spent the week at a temple learning some Buddhist meditation.’ Me: ‘Are you Buddhist?’ Eve: ‘No!’ She seems incredulous I would draw that conclusion. Eve: ‘As someone has said, being spiritual is a good start.’ I busily serve food […]
While leaders erred their courage held Bloodied birth waters for a young nation Anzac Day. Not so far from there a crowd yelled Bloody minded in their mob betrayal Good Friday. Quiet days that soar still on our modern calendars Far places weighing on our clever consciences Calvary and Anzac Cove say, ‘Not my will, […]
Searching for ‘tweets’ in the writings of iconic Australian social reformer and evangelist Rev Robert Hammond, this comment stuck in my thinking: ‘The Lord’s Prayer does say: “And forgive us our debts,” but first it says “Give us this day our daily bread.”‘ In context, Hammond was suggesting before we worry about someone’s sin (wrongdoing), […]
“Prepare two stone tablets like the first ones, and make a sacred chest out of acacia wood to keep them in. Return to me on the mountain, and I will write on the tablets the same words that were on the ones you smashed.” Deuteronomy 10:1-2 Moses had spent 40 days removed from the normal […]
With the tallest steeple in England and its very own copy of the Magna Carta, it’s hard to beat the sublime proportions and prayerful ambience of Salisbury Cathedral.