Dawning of the age


Celebrations

Early in the morning Afraid of what they’d find, a Sisterhood of grief and trepidation Turned the final corner of the age to find an Empty bed, drooping linens, risen Lord on Resurrection morning.   Eagerly we work and wait the advent As His kingdom comes, His will is done, we Scan the earth and […]

April 4, 2015

Teach us to pray


Walking with Jesus

A question for you this morning: If intercessory prayer is as important as we think, why is it not touched in The Lord’s Prayer, the model given when His disciples asked for a lesson? He said— “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, […]

March 30, 2015

On miscarriage


People, Walking with Jesus

Dear Son, It is always easier not to feel. Some days, even weeks, I am entirely numb, knowing I lost you but unable to feel a thing—no love, no loss, no tears. Then comes a day when it all breaks over me. And afterwards I get up and clean my house again and cook supper […]

March 16, 2015

The string cheese incident


Out and about, People

Once upon a time in the aisles of Aldi, I came up against a stranger at the cheese cooler. She was tall and trim, with lush curly hair. She flashed a megawatt smile at my daughter and flitted through her purchases, energy oozing out of her. We chatted a little. “String cheese, string cheese,” she […]

February 22, 2015

Hope


Walking with Jesus

I feared Him cruel He holds out the spoon and I taste Unexpected, unwarranted, unnecessary hope And He pulls away an empty spoon A smooth and swift dissolving on the tongue is all I feel in vain for the solid thing Healing for a friend, joy in the morning, babies given and not taken away   […]

February 2, 2015

Is freedom of speech a Christian value?


Brain things

So I’ve been thinking about the tragic Charlie Hebdo shooting and wondering. I’ve lived within western democracy for so long that it’s hard to think in any other terms, but is freedom of speech a Christian value? That is, was it important to Christ, and should it be to His followers? You can hardly claim […]

January 14, 2015