With.

  With. ‘“Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him …’ Acts 7:9-10 ‘“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).’ Matthew 1:23 We don’t always see it coming, the hatred…

Vapour in Our Eyes…

What if strength isn’t real strength What if might isn’t true might? What if all the things we reach for Are just vapour in our eyes? What if success on the grand stage is failure in our core? What if wealth that you can touch is poverty in our heart? What if the small things…

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…

‘Good Friday’…

Hello Friends, It’s been a while since I wrote, because I have been working on another project. I’ll let you in on that in Just a moment… Well here we all are, sitting at home waiting for the storm to pass, waiting for the rainbow at the end of all this darkness.  None of us…

Climate Change

  Have we not sold our children to the highest bidder When our leaders bind themselves to business figures. When politicians wake in bed the morning after  Cheating on us and all our children’s futures. We fought so hard to separate church and state  But Money walks the halls of power, all in-state. Commanding all…

Incarnation

Incarnation ‘We think of him as safe beneath the steeple, Or cosy in a crib beside the font, But he is with a million displaced people On the long road of weariness and want. For even as we sing our final carol His family is up and on that road, Fleeing the wrath of someone…

My Two Favourite Poets…

Some blogs share the work of other authors, so I thought I would follow suit this month with a little of the work of my two favourite poets…  William Blake: 18th century poet, painter and print maker… ‘To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower  Hold Infinity in…

Standing on the Heights of Things

Standing on the heights of things, Wrapt in beauty so profound, Peace and wholeness dwell unscathed, In this land I once was from. But mixed now is my every thought,  Haunted, guilty, angry, sad, For I have gone beyond this grace, and lived and breathed in other lands. Lands who live on your loose change…

Brave

There will always be those days, Those days when they fire the starting gun And you begin to fly, But your ankle twists and clips your wings and you fall with a thud to earth. Those days when you find yourself sprawled on the sidelines, blinking back hot tears while the backs of others fly…

Catching God Out

I saw you today in the still hold of a raindrop on a curled fern frond, So small But I wasn’t fooled by the size I’ve seen your same design in the Whirlpool galaxy on high Your fingerprints there, Everywhere lazily left behind, for us to find. Did you think we wouldn’t catch you out?…

Leaning Into Light

Frailty flailing in the breeze leaning, green into the light,  saturating cells with life. Flowers lean, Lean into light. Unfurling, stretching Reaching, knowing, Weather calm or gale blowing nothing nourishes growing Like leaning into Light. Flowers lean because they must Not just because they like the warmth, not for fancy or for mirth But for…

God. Is. With. Us.

Originally posted on seeingbreathingliving:
I love Christmas. The carols, the wonder, the traditions, the too-much-food-only-eaten-once-a-year. It is the time of year I most miss being with my family, the time when living over seas is most costly, not in money but in feeling, the feeling that comes when you are surrounded by those who know…

Light in the Wake of the Storm

The rain fell so hard today that the earth felt like it might wash away in one long flood of tears. But when the dark lifted and the thunder drum gave up it’s final roll, the last word belonged to the light. For in the wake of the tempest trailed a thousand fluid diamonds,  clinging fragile…

That Day, This Day, One Day… Life in the Now and Not Yet

We live in the now and the not-yet, the space where darkness and light meet, the no-mans-land between the battle-lines of the Kingdom of God and the encroaching kingdom of darkness. As the battle rages around us, sometimes we fall, sometimes we stand, but always Light is on the move, confronting darkness with never fading…

Restoring Butterflies

 A butterfly’s struggle to free itself from it’s cocooning chrysalis is difficult to watch.  It’s easy to assume that a creature so small and delicate needs help against this ‘unnecessary’ struggle.  We can be quick to reach for our well-meaning tweezers to help.  However it is through this wrestle for freedom that essential chemicals are released and circulated throughout the butterfly’s…

Loved is Your Name

Loved is your name, because loved is who you are. Though many other names than this, have scraped across your heart. This world does not always see you or recognise your name, It does not know your name because it does not know it’s own. Loved is your name, because loved is who you are….

Darkness Overwhelms Me, As Light Dresses Up For War

An hour ago the words too hideous to hear, too pitch black to say, filled the air with too much damnable darkness that I cannot see for blinding rage and cannot breath but I must fight… and darkness overwhelms me, tears corrode my face with grieving streams and my heart is all in shaking, raging…

One-day

When I scattered the stars in space I knew one-day you would see them, That one-day they would lead you to me. When I made the waves roll on the sand,  I knew one-day you’d chase along them, That one-day they would lead you to me. I was  thinking of you when I made the…

Eyes Wide Open

One of my least favourite things in all the world is Kingston traffic, Kingston traffic heading  through crossroads at 5pm. Petrol fumes and burning oil hang on hot, humid air. Cars, buses and pedestrians flooding frustration, pushing, pressing through non-existent lines. Revving engines roar and rage, horns beat out of time to the hollering song…