on being ready

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Getting ready is easy – we’re good at getting ready.  Being ready is different. I guess it’s the same difference as Being v’s Doing. Stir up Sunday has come and gone Christmas pud is good as done. Black Friday deals…

Er Cof

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In memory of Frances Ann Davies who first inspired this idea in me and who shared her wild welsh poppy seeds. Have you seen the seed selection packets with pictures of prize winning marrows and flowers in bloom like a…

All Saints and Acorns

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In today’s Gospel reading (Luke 20. 27-38)  Jesus is asked a complicated question about life, death, marriage and eternity.  At least one of those has a little certainty about it!  In reading this passage, the phrase, “Any fool can make…

Seeing Jesus sideways

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Some years ago an American Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr spoke on the subject of ‘Looking Sideways’.  There were three talks:  Looking sideways at God, at the Church and at Christ.  One theme ran through them all:  You don’t see what…

struggle and reconstruction

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We often find our own answers in amongst our struggles in life.  Often what we desire and seek may not give us any lasting satisfaction.  Perhaps that is what Jesus is getting at in The Parable of the Widow and…

One life each at the church of sharp edges

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I saw this church made of scrap at Greenbelt this year.  It was built to advertise the URC campaign ‘scrap the church’. It made me think about what is important, especially at times of festivals when we like to put…

The Spring onion of Salvation

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We love to tell stories. Jesus it seems was no exception.  Lazarus and the Rich Man.  It is a traditional tale.  We love the villain to get comeuppance, we love the hero to win and we love the journey between. …

In search of a fold

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There are at least two ways of seeing in every situation.  Seeing what is before you in isolation and seeing in the context of everything else.  One way of seeing our readings today could be I suppose as an encouragement…

The twisted tree is me

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At first glance this tree looks quite ordinary.  Almost dead, but quite ordinary.  Perhaps a slightly more charitable assessment would be to suggest that it is clinging on to life.  It is, I hope still there, on a footpath above…

Christ and the Hiddenness of God

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This began as a conversation, and has nagged at me for the past week, so to do it justice, I thought it ought to be put down in some form, then perhaps it will go away, however, such thoughts rarely…