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Yet Another SF and Suffering Blogpost.

Yet Another SF and Suffering Blogpost.

I know, I know, there are thousands floating round the internet. But seeing as I am sitting propped up in bed and have just taken painkillers, I have a window where I may be able to pen something that makes some kind of sense. Possibly. First of all I should link to Adventure Bloke’s musings on the subject – he preached it on Sunday, and it is Very Good. http://carterclan.me.uk/sermons/so-what-about-bone-cancer-in-children/ I think that words like Mr Fry’s can be seriously…

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The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown

I’m very taken by some lyrics from a Hillsong United song at the moment. The song is called ‘Oceans’ and the words go: ‘You called me out upon the watersThe Great Unknown,Where feet may fail.And there I find you in the mysteryIn Oceans DeepMy faith will stand….’ There is something in these words that resonate deeply in my spirit. Whatever some may say, as Christians we do not have a golden ticket to a happy, healthy and wealthy life. We…

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The Great In Between

The Great In Between

So, Holy Saturday. A day between the absolute hideous sadness and the incredible joy. Balanced somewhere, tinged by hope for us, but not for those on the original day. Hope had left. Everything had changed, shut down, gone. Nothing remained. Mary, her tears falling without ceasing as she contemplated, and asked Why. For us, it can be like our lives are in this Great In Between time. Tinged by sadness, shot through with hope. Sometimes one weighing greater than the…

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Line in the Sand

Line in the Sand

I haven’t blogged for a good while. I’d kind of lost my blogging confidence, muttering such thoughts to myself as ‘no one really wants to read your meanderings anyway’ or ‘people are just being nice.’ You know the kind of stuff. So it got longer and longer since I blogged and I got less and less inclined to. Added to that, my faith was taking somewhat of a bashing this year. Looking back, there was always a (wobbly) certainty and…

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Good Friday. Yes it is.

Good Friday. Yes it is.

So we went along to an Hour before the Cross service earlier on which Adventure Bloke was leading. In between keeping the Adventurous Pair separate and relieving Adventure Boy of a smuggled in Pick Up Stick (you’d be amazed how much creativity one eight year old can achieve with one Pick up Stick) I found something resonating deep in my spirit. I’ve not been finding much of that kind of resonation (is that a word?) of late. It’s all been…

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28 Too Many

28 Too Many

I went along to the very wonderful New Wine Women’s Day on Saturday. Occasionally these things can seem somewhat introspective and me-centred, depending on my frame of mind as much as the content of the programme. It is valid and helpful to go along expecting to receive, but if we cannot translate what we receive into doing what Jesus said – protecting the poor and the marginalised – then I fear that what we have received may be too shallow….

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Christmas De-Trimmed

Christmas De-Trimmed

I’ve been somewhat of an observer of Christmas this year. The me that usually partakes fully in everything Christmassy I can possibly fit in has been overcome by the weakness of my body and so I’ve been sitting on the sidelines; firstly at home, watching as my family took part in carol singing, parties, services and school events; and now in hospital, hoping very much for a get-out-of-hospital-free card for Christmas Day. So where does this fit into the Great…

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Tapestry ponderings

Tapestry ponderings

At our Thursday coffee group today we were thinking about waiting for answers to prayers, and waiting for God to act, and what about when God doesn’t, and all that. We looked at the stories of Sarah and Hagar in the bible, thinking about how Sarah must have felt, having been promised for years that she would have a baby who would be the first of many descendants, and yet the promise seemed unfulfilled, and impossible now, having gone through…

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Benefit Scroungers R Us

Benefit Scroungers R Us

I am seriously worried about the future. Not so much for me, because I am blessed to have the support I have, but for those people suffering from chronic illnesses and disability who are running out of options. You may think I am being somewhat over dramatic here, but in reality, there is a problem, and it is being hidden, and there is a systematic assault on the very people who need protecting most. But the news doesn’t report this….

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Why I love Brussians

Why I love Brussians

I went to a meet up this weekend with a few people from the website ‘Bronchiectasis R Us’ which was set up a few years ago by the lovely Charlotte as a way for people suffering from this rare disease to connect and share information and support. We’ve been having an annual meet up for a few years now. These guys never cease to amaze me with their zest for life amidst such suffering. You may be thinking these meet…

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