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Beauty / faith / living well

The earth is talking to you.

By On 14th September 2016

Recently I’ve been thinking about the connectedness of everything. About how it is all part of the same thing. We are all substance and soil and soul. We are all atoms and curiosity and magic. And we are all in the conversation. A few years back, we lived close to a big park where I sometimes used to run. I…

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On comparison – the joy thief.

By On 7th September 2016

A few months ago my girls were both involved in a cheerleading competition. Now before you have the same reaction as me, let me tell you what cheerleading is not: pompoms. And let me tell you what cheerleading is: synchronised swimming on dry land, gymnastics and throwing each other into the air. (Still not sounding that appealing? I’m with you.)…

faith / Family / Mental health

Exposing My Entitlement.

By On 31st August 2016

I’m all about the grace. Grace is one of my favourite words. At my darkest of times, when it felt like the world was closing in on me I have known the sweet relief of grace. Grace in the actions of my friends, calling at the right moment, anticipating my needs. Grace revealed in a beautiful sunset, refreshing rain, or…

faith / Mental health

Acknowledgement

By On 10th May 2016

Before anything else. Before you can get any help, or start working your way through a tricky situation or painful experience, you have to acknowledge it exists. The universe I inhabited before my thirties was a place where it was not the done thing to express discontent. We were loved by God and had everything we needed. We were not…

faith / Mental health

A poetic reminder.

By On 11th April 2016

I was in the garden the other Sunday, and as I began to tackle the enormous weeding task that lay ahead of me, I listened to Poetry Please. On this occasion, the Sunday morning quiet, the warmth of the sun behind the clouds and the gentle tones of Roger McGough, found me moved by the first poem I heard. I…

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A benediction for fools

By On 1st April 2016

A benediction for fools. For those of us who know we haven’t got it all together, who are messy and unfinished. For today; May we meet the day with innocent expectation,  not cynical or world weary or jaded. Let childlike curiosity mark our moments. . May we be brave enough to admit we don’t know the answer, and wise enough…

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Practising the presence of Holy Saturday.

By On 26th March 2016

This post owes a great deal to the section on Holy Saturday, in Pete Greig’s brilliant book, GOD ON MUTE As a Christian, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are where it’s at. They are the big days that mark events that stand as the cornerstone, the pivot of our faith. We’re told, “It’s Friday… but Sunday is coming”. But in…