Messages

  There are some days where you just need to go To let your body feel the kiss of nature To find your feet firmly on the ground To feel the dappled sunlight’s warm anointing To breath in the rich concoctions on the breeze God has left His fingerprints splashed around us The birds, the…

Babel

Babel   ‘Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.’ E.F. Schumacher I’ve heard it said that small is beautiful. But I don’t think this is a statement has often had much uptake…

When?

‘I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… …I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.’ MLK   When?   When you’ve lived flinching the scrape of…

Truth, Trust and Intimacy…Lost

‘Truth, Trust and Intimacy…Lost’   ‘For the word of the Lord is right and true;     he is faithful in all he does.  The Lord loves righteousness and justice;     the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,     their starry host by the breath of his mouth….

Falling…

Chapter Five Falling…   ‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.’ Isaiah 9:2 How do I look this child in the face and tell her everything is going to be okay when the reality all around her says it’s…

Mary’s Heartbeat

Mary’s Heartbeat       Words written for a mother after the death of her child too soon.   Hollowed out From the inside, Arms cradling air Over a vacuum where Your heart once beat close to mine, My heart now beating out of time Missing one small beat, Disorientated by grief A grief never…

To My Mother

Your’s the first heart beat I heard Your’s the voice in foetal ears Your’s the face that my eyes sought Your’s the eyes that calmed my fear. You held me close when I first breathed  My tiny body heaving air You woke to all my frantic cries  You sang your songs, You held my tears….

Freedom and Choice.

Freedom and Choice. ‘Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…’  Deuteronomy 30:19-20 Read: Genesis 2:8-17  So we have eight year olds smashing the faces of twelve year…

Called.

Called. ‘When I consider your heavens,     the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,     which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,     human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels     and crowned them with glory and honour. You made…

Loved.

Loved.   ‘Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.’ 1 John 4:8 ‘We love because he first loved us’ 1 John 4:19 ‘love one another as I have loved you’ John 13:34   Read: Genesis 1:26-28 and 2:18-24 Some sickness is easy to diagnose, like blotches on skin or a fevered brow. …

Dust and Breath

‘Dust and Breath’   ‘The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life’Job 33:4 Read Genesis 2:7 and Job 33:4 Standing on the edge of our own mortality can be the strangest place to be. Yet it is a place every one of us will stand one day. Every…

The Road Home

Epilogue The Road Home ‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.’ Psalm 119:18 Read  Luke 24:13-35 There are roads sometimes that go nowhere, nowhere but away, nowhere but far from all we want to leave behind us, far from all we fear and cannot face. Wandering roads, retreating roads, roads…