Bible and biblical

A squirrel named desire

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I am sitting in remote cabin where I have gone for a week of prayer and writing. A squirrel has befriended me in my hermitage. Several times a day she lands with a thump on the windowsill, taps boldly on the window and watches me with bright anticipation. Ask and it shall be given to you. […]

Life and faith

Seeking the road much travelled

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In the preparations to move house I have uncovered a photo and meditation on journeying that I wrote about a road near my previous home in Derby …. Just around the corner from where we lived, the road turns sharply, sloping steeply into a brief, tree-canopied cutting called ‘The Hollow’. Half way down is a […]

Life and faith

Running in the dark

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Awake very early without reason – and none is needed. So here I am, well before the dawn, jogging on the towpath in the dark, by faith not sight, torch strictly for emergencies. Merton believed that after God created the day and the night he preferred the night. He is surely right. So do I. […]

Life and faith

40 years on …

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Forty years ago on, on 30th September 1979 ….  I was ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral and began a curacy at Holy Trinity, Wealdstone. Training had been hugely fulfilling. St John’s, Nottingham was a place of exciting spiritual and theological riches for me, with an exceptional faculty. A number of lifelong friendships began there. Within […]

Life and faith

Pilgrim – poem

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Pilgrim Today off the corner of the island of Saints    the sea is wildGod’s firstborn have surfaced there    chaos monsters are at play There are no rules of coursethey simply hurl themselves at everything    bellowing in primal joyLaughter booms across the whirlwindAll is drenched in salt and light The rocks, as they […]

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the joy of being wrong! – reflections on enjoying Lent

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An unexpected title?   I wonder how you to reacted when you saw this title?   For at least two reasons the idea might come as a surprise.    Firstly, this is the Christian season of Lent – a season that reminds us of the deep seriousness of Christian faith and commitment.  This way of life requires […]

Life and faith

Dear God …

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Dear God, I don’t often sit down and write to you. But there’s a difficult question that I want to ask. It’s bothered me for a while now and it’s this: do you really know everything absolutely everything? You see, I can’t help feeling disappointed if you do. And (forgive me if this sounds disrespectful) I can’t […]