“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and … Continue reading Life In A Bubble.
Today is a first for me. I am linking up with Emily P Freeman in her 'What I learned This Spring' blog posts. I love Emily's thoughtful posts and encouragement to 'make space for our souls to breathe'. Here are a few things I've learned this Spring. 1. Not to plant perennials too close together … Continue reading What I’ve Learned This Spring
I'm a born critic. Part nature, part nurture. Sceptical of most things that can't be logically explained. I value authenticity, honesty, principled ideals in others. I find it hard to sit through so called 'pentecostal' or 'charismatic' church gatherings where enthusiasm is generated by words, repetition of words, arm waving and multiple calls for healing … Continue reading Glory be to God for dappled shade…..
When Elijah disappears mysteriously from planet Earth, Elisha, his appointed successor, feels thrust into his new role prematurely. During his mentoring period with Elijah, nothing could have prepared him for this moment. After all, this had been less about learning a trade or an art and more about being with a man, a prophet, at … Continue reading This Earthen Vessel
The book of I Kings in the Bible ends with the death of King Ahab. His is a tragic life with a pitiful ending. If only he knew that centuries later, readers would wonder at the extent of this man's need to 'play games' with God. Ahab's tactics are bold, defiant, narcissistic. He imagines a … Continue reading Playing Games With God.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. The words of Jesus. Matthew 5 43-45. I was the girl in the school playground who was a little … Continue reading Loving Our Enemies.
The legacy of Elijah the prophet is a great example of how frail humanity and the power of God reside in one individual. Often in our Sunday morning church service we sing Chris Tomlin's song "Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord". The lyrics of this song are beautiful and scripture infused. The … Continue reading The Ordinary And The Extra-Ordinary of God’s Strength.
There is a lot to be said for the 'Presbyterian work ethic' or 'Protestant work ethic' as it is also called. A sense of hard work and conscientiousness within Christianity was as much at the core of my upbringing as Bible stories and prayers each evening, translated very efficiently by my grandmother into a weekly … Continue reading Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread – A Lesson In Interdependence.
Rieveux Abbey (above) is a medieval ruin, a relic of an ancient place of prayer in the heart of Yorkshire. Here in the north of England, it's not quite Easter yet. Not that the arrival of Easter is any guarantee of sunshine or warmth in Yorkshire but we are still waiting, for Easter and for … Continue reading Intercessory Prayer, Lists and Limits
King Solomon was a successful academic, judge, designer, entrepreneur. The source of his success was not in doubt. Natural talent, wit, shrewd mind and creative talent aside, God himself had directly spoken wisdom, health and riches over this human life, a life which would make history within the pages of Holy Scripture, a life which … Continue reading Reflections On Confessional Prayer