Tag: Jesus

Lent: Pruning & New Life

A few months ago someone gave me a miniature rose plant. It was very kind of them, and very pretty! Unfortunately though, I’m terrible with plants. Within weeks, the leaves went greyish, brownish and crispy. Dead, in short. I almost threw it out, but I’m also not very tidy, so for weeks it sat in my kitchen looking…

Facing Death: World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. This morning my social media streams contained a steady drip of reminders about it. Some were stories of hope and healing, but more were of battle and bereavement. Even the word “cancer” is difficult. As a descriptor of illness it’s so incredibly general as to be practically semantically empty, but simultaneously its…

A Queer Sort of Christmas

All I want for Christmas, just about now, is a break! I read somewhere in the last few days that being ordained really messes with your family Christmas traditions, and I can testify to that. I will still get a holiday – it’ll just happen when every else goes back to work. Before that, though, I have to finish…

What our youngsters are hoping for

On Friday I was part of a team that spent the morning at a local primary school with a Scripture Union worker, running an interactive session on Advent and Christmas, called Bubblegum’n’Fluff. We had over 2 hours with around thirty P6 children, playing games, doing crafts, and telling stories that would help to refresh and deepen their knowledge of the Christian tradition…

Water

Back in to the hubbub of the city today. A quick jog-ette (run/walk 2:1 with a couple of cheeky wee 3:1’s thrown in) round the locale for Janathon day 12, and I know I am well and truly home. I do love it here, but it was great to be away. I enjoyed walking along…