A Walk Through Sacred

A Walk Through Sacred

On the last but one night at New Wine 2016, I took a walk through the camp. A normal stroll, an everyday thing. An achievement for me, certainly, but it turned out to be so much more, because the ordinary hurtled me headlong into the sacred. It was a balmy evening, the last rays of sunshine bathing the showground in a gentle light, the only sign of a huge deluge a few hours before a few puddles where welly-clad toddlers…

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Bridges, not barriers.

Bridges, not barriers.

I’m feeling desperately sad. Not just because of the referendum result, though that’s part of it, but because of how it is polarising people in the UK (and beyond) even more than before. On social media, I’m observing fights break out between folks I love, ugly words, unpleasant judgments. If #Bremain had won, there would doubtless be the same polarisation. I don’t claim to have the answer. But the process has left me in little doubt that there is a…

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Christmas: It’s for the sorted, right?

Christmas: It’s for the sorted, right?

Here I am; another Christmas, another infection. Actually, the last two Christmasses have been good, infection free, and I’ve been free to join in with all that seems to make Christmas – carol singing, present buying and wrapping, Christmas meals out, Christmas food. I’ve been in on that this year too, well, up to two days ago, when my lungs decided they weren’t going to play ball. Since then, I’ve lain in bed or on the sofa, again observing Christmas…

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Advent Shadows

Advent Shadows

It’s Advent Sunday, and I started the day grumpy. I’ve been poorly for the past month and the antibiotics are taking their toll while not winning over the infection. Yet. They will. So we decide to get some of the advent stuff out and do home church, which is so lovely as it’s been a while since I got to church, but I then take my grumpiness out on the Adventurous pair and feel rubbish. When every movement hurts, takes…

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Unproductive

Unproductive

I’ve been frequenting various author/writing blogs lately in my novel-writing mission, but have found that I feel fairly depressed after browsing too many of them. Now this could merely be due to the fact that they actually procrastinate the very thing they advocate, ie actual, real Writing. Or, it could be something more, something whch seems to strike at the heart of me. These blogs are exhausting. All written by successful people with twenty zillion followers and thousands of perfect…

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Belief and Suffering

Belief and Suffering

Today I’m guest posting over at Mummy From The Heart, my lovely friend Mich’s blog, on why I’m still a Christian despite the suffering I see all around me and experience in my life. Thanks Mich for the opportunity. 🙂 <a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/7104111/?claim=y9d65kr5r5y”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

Dear Aylan

Dear Aylan

Dear Aylan,We’re sorry you died.We don’t like the picture.But you know, it’s not our problem. Not our problem, those hordes of the nameless,escaping from places unknownand oppression undreamed of. Not our problem, the baby at the border,screaming in a languagealien to us. Not our problem, your mother and brother,drowned as you fled,hope exstinguished. Not our problem, those immigrants,we can’t let them in,they’ll take our jobs,and our money. Not our problem,the unfaced on Keleti station,they can deal with them. Not our…

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If they won’t I will

If they won’t I will

There’s a lot going about on Twitter at the moment about the death figures for those claiming ESA in the past five years. It makes for some fairly scary reading. It’s prompted a  UN inquiry into grave and systematic violations of disabled people’s rights I’m just completing an edit on my first novel. I’ve been a bit reticent about sharing it with people, because it feels all vulnerable to get out there and say ‘I’ve written a book.’ But the…

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Catching Up.

Catching Up.

I seem to have neglected this blog of late. Oops. I have been busy writing, though. Just doing a final edit of my first book (fiction) before I try sending it to scary people like agents and publishers. I know new authors have little chance, but thought I’d give it a go anyway. There’s always Kindle publishing… So that’s been taking my time. But it’s been making me think, a little. Working so hard on something like that has given…

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What does it feel like to be disappointed by God?

What does it feel like to be disappointed by God?

I hear that phrase a lot. ‘Disappointment with God.’ There’s even a book with the same title (a very good book, actually.) People often ask me if I am disappointed with God, and if I say I am not, say that I should be. And if I say that yes, today actually I am, I may get the ‘oh don’t worry, he has plans to prosper and not to harm’ etc. I know. I’ve used it myself. But thinking about…

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