Life and faith

the gift of tears

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This article is  was published in the September to December 2018 issue of Lee Abbey,  Rapport magazine.   Down through history, and in a variety of cultures, is found the practice of gathering tears and keeping them in a bottle. There is a poetic reference to this practice in one of the Psalms when a […]

Personal stuff

Stan – a poem

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Lord, have mercy on a man whose hardest cross     we only glimpsed was caring much who all these days looked out through the private scars    of wounded sight have mercy on a weary heart    and haunted too we think until remembering itself became a shadow that cast long across his face […]

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You lie there … – poem

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You lie, as always, head tipped forwards on the awkward abundance of those pillows. Today you are near the surface.But more often the climb is wearyingly hardto break surface and return our greeting.Here for a moment is the familiar smile. Your eyes reach ours,but not for long.You sink back down light fading from your vacant face. This journey will take all the […]

Life and faith

As indifferent as the rain – poem

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This Island has no interest in meIt just lets me be I generally need more attention thoughso I have been treating it at length to the profounder depthsof my thought and prayer includingthe future of the Church of England diocesan strategy the immorality of the soul student loan schemes Brexit Global warmingGod’s Will For Me […]

Bible and biblical

Send in the spies

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Sermon at service for licensing of lay ministriesLeicester Cathedral ReadingsNumbers 13: 1-2, 27-33Ephesians 4: 1-6Luke 10: 17-20 If those bible readings were chosen to set the scene for this celebration of rich and varied Christian callings then have you noticed one important ministry seems to be missing today? Where are the spies? In that first […]

Life and faith

Living in remembrance

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A Remembrance Day sermon
I was standing at the War Memorial on Sunday as many of you were. I spoke the words – ‘We will remember them’.I wore the poppy – ‘lest we forget.’But found myself wondering what the task of remembering actually involves. What does it take? And what does it ask of us not […]

Life and faith

The hospitable God

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An extract from a piece written for Celebrating Community (ed Emma Ineson and Chris Edmondson, pub DLT) – a book commissioned by the Lee Abbey Movement to celebrate 60 years of Christian witness through shared life. At the heart of Christian faith is a God who is hospitable.   In the creation story at the beginning […]

Life and faith

Tinnitus and the sound of God

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‘Let anyone who has an ear to hear, listen …..’ Rev 3.13 Along with many in our society I am hearing impaired. I am also one of a growing number who struggle with tinnitus*. Strange isn’t it? In a world of incredibly sophisticated information and communication technology we are actually getting deafer. I was sitting […]

Bible and biblical

Birth or burglary

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For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!  I Thess 5.2-3 For as the days […]

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. […]