Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. — Proverbs 3,3. I've never been a fan of ritual and repetition - too many memories of formulaic church prayers, clergy with odd dressing habits and the garbled 'grace' we recited collectively before … Continue reading The Sacred Ritual.
Discovering the art of medicine as a student in the 1980’s made pursuing a career as a doctor worthwhile for me. Patient’s stories held me connected during the most difficult of working days as a junior doctor and the search for meaning in complex patient narratives later took me into Psychiatry. My youngest son starts … Continue reading The Healer And The Healed. Therapeutic Relationship In Biblical Healing.
Earlier this year I got caught up in a snowstorm in Glasgow. Unexpectedly, (Glaswegians pride themselves on being able to handle a fair bit of snow) the ice and snow disabled all transport networks in and out of the city, leaving many travellers in hastily booked city centre hotels overnight. Late that evening many stranded … Continue reading Have you found a ‘good’ church yet?
"A caged bird stands on the grave of dreams" Maya Angelou 1993. Angelou was protesting the evil of racial discrimination, but there are many ways to snare others. We, humans, have an astonishing capacity to love, and a bewildering facility to hurt others. "The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but … Continue reading “Hard To Love” People.
She selects “wool and flax and works with eager hands.” (Proverbs 31,13. NIV) She is a business leader, politician, lawyer, teacher, doctor. She is an artist. She is a leader in her field. She operates with integrity. She is a respected wife. She is a caring mother. She is creative. She offers wise counsel. She is … Continue reading The Perfectionist
We came across two derelict cottages in Spring 2017. The Yorkshire Post ran an article about them. 'Time warped cottages come to open market for the first time in 200 years" was the line which caught my eye. Purchasing them proved difficult as title deeds were sketchy and land registration documents non-existent. They had … Continue reading Opening and Closing Chapters.
Prominent feminists Margaret Atwood, Christine Hoff Sommers and Catherine Deneuve have recently been forthright in their condemnation of the #MeToo movement which they feel has moved from rightly exposing abuse of women by prominent and powerful men towards becoming a vigilante movement where some men are being denied the basic right of all in a civilised … Continue reading Seasons of Silence.
Is anyone in the UK still recovering from a battle with the 'Beast from the East'? I've assigned this malicious weather system a gender in my mind - male. Not so politically correct in these gender neutral times I fear, but nevertheless, that's what comes to mind and no offence is intended. Mine is a trivial … Continue reading Where is God when we need Him?
I stumbled across them in a hospital of all places. It was a regular Thursday afternoon teaching session for trainee psychiatrists in Glasgow and 'the psychotherapists' had come to give us a lecture. Well, perhaps the word 'lecture' does not do that afternoon's meeting justice. An intimate encounter with a very select madness or alchemy? … Continue reading Self-Reflection – Helpful or Harmful?
Dear 'Prophetic Word-Bearer', There are many times in my life when I've pleaded with God for you to make an appearance with a 'word' for my situation. Just for clarification, I haven't been expecting any accompanying miracle or detailed roadmap. A quiet word of encouragement when in a crisis that I was 'doing the right thing' … Continue reading Has God given you a message for me?