Category: 4belonging

Through Woman’s Eyes

It’s Spring Day. The first of September. And the first day after Women’s Month which – having seen how rapidly the hype over the 60 year anniversary of 20 000 women of all races standing in solidarity against the evil of Apartheid, and 40 years of the Ordination of Women in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, and the powerful political speeches…

Prodigal Daughters

Meditating on Charlie Mackesy’s sculpture of the prodigal son returned home to his father’s embrace while on retreat this weekend, I felt God saying clearly to me: “Beloved daughter, flesh of my flesh and heart of my heart, how I have yearned to be the arms you run to; to wrap them tightly around you and whisper tear-choked into your ear:…

Connected

That God gives us community as a means of a grace, as the context in which we work out our faith, is, at times, a wondrous gift; at others, a bizarre and even cruel joke. Community, in its messiness, its transience, its unreliability, its apathy, and its cliques, can sometimes be the least likely place for us to be open…

A prayer for people going through divorce

Praise be to You, O unchanging God, who journeys with us through life’s joyous and sorrowful seasons, for though You never ordain suffering, You help us to make sense of love’s purpose when hardship befalls us. Be still in the silence and aware of God’s love with and within you[1] … Ever-loving God we thank You for love shared and…

The Promises of Parenthood

In Ephesians 3:14-21 we see that the family – as an ideal – is an expression of God’s great love for us, and a means by which we grow in the knowledge and understanding and experience of how wide and long and deep and high that love is. As God is community – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – so…

A Passionate Prayer

An opening prayer for a Wedding ceremony Let us pray: Praise be to You O Passion-maker: You made us to crave the company of another when a thousand technicolour stars shoot in every cell of our bodies as eyes meet and hearts beat and we are left a little breathless at the beauty of the other. Praise be to You O…