A Hymn of Hope

‘Rebuild, reconcile and recover’ – Amanda Gorman In the same way that the girl in the red coat was my abiding memory from Schindler’s List, it’s the girl in the yellow coat who will stick forever in my mind after President Joe Biden’s inauguration this week – a very different genre of event but nonetheless … More A Hymn of Hope

Overcoming Darkness

‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ John 1:5 It’s been a long year.  I know that, technically, we’ve had the usual 52 weeks, plus that extra day for a Leap year – as if we hadn’t had enough of 2020 with the standard 365 this year!  And now … More Overcoming Darkness

The Circle of Life

My eldest sister is poised to become a grandparent.  It also means that the dynamics of the family shift a little as we all move up a generation – if you see what I mean – and that’s a milestone we’d be foolish to ignore.  It inevitably puts me in mind of all things grand-parenty … More The Circle of Life

Moving On

‘If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.’ – Martin Luther King Jr Somewhere around 1972, my Dad won a national camping competition promoted on the back of a cornflake packet.  This proved a number … More Moving On

A Hundred Ways to Die

‘ Our people die well’ – John Wesley (1703-1791) The past few months have given us all a great deal more time and space to think and reflect.  If you’ve now read War & Peace, congratulations.  If you’ve joined the throng mastering Banana Bread, well done.  If you managed to blitz your loft, the garage, … More A Hundred Ways to Die

My Corona

‘Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’  Revelation 2:7 I’ve spent almost 3 weeks in isolation in Cape Town under some of the strictest rules any nation has yet issued.  The photograph above is a copy of the government guidelines – a free insert in the local paper.  Here … More My Corona

Plans Interrupted

‘We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.’ – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German theologian) It was not the highpoint of my week to discover this piece of information from British Airways less than 48 hours before I was due at the airport.  My irritation was exacerbated by having received confirmation of both … More Plans Interrupted