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Earth Sunday: open your eyes

*reflection based on Romans 1:18-23 and John 1:1-14 for Earth Sunday – Season of Creation* A couple of years ago my optometrist told me that the best gift I could give myself when I hit 40 was a pair of reading glasses. I’m now 42 and quite proud of the […]

Day Thirty Three: In Spite Of

Psalm 110 Proverbs 3:1-12 James 4:11-17 I’ve been thinking a lot this week about how often God’s power, God’s presence, God’s purpose, is made manifest in spite of, rather than because of, me …. I know, as Christians, we are called to be light to the world as we walk […]

Day Two: Where Is Our God?

Psalm 79 Micah 4:1-5 Revelation 15:1-8 A retired accountant opens fire on a crowd of festival-goers from his hotel room in Las Vegas – over 50 dead and 500 taken to hospital emergency rooms for treatment …. Buildings collapse in Mexico as the earth shakes. Thousands of homes are destroyed […]

A Gathering Prayer

Following on from the gathering in – with string idea that I recently shared is a prayer based loosely on Psalm 119:49-56 which connects us with the countless generations of men, women, and children who have experienced the faithfulness of God in the triumphs and the struggles of their lives. The naming […]

The power of a name

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth. ~Tess Scott In John 20:11-18, angels, titles, roles, designations – mommy, wife, daughter, reverend, sister, friend – cannot break through Mary’s blinding loss and grief. Yet by uttering her name, Jesus changes […]

A new song for a new year

I patiently waited, Lord,     for you to hear my prayer. You listened and pulled me from a lonely pit     full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock     with my feet firm, and you gave me a new song,     a song of praise to you. ~ Psalm 40:1-3a O […]

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 […]

A Woman’s Creed

In preparing for my last session in our “From Queens to Prostitutes” course in Women’s Month, I came across this powerful and moving creed by Rachel C. Wahlberg from Prayers & Poems, Songs & Stories Ecumenical Decade: Churches in Solidarity With Women. May it help you to draw closer to the God who created […]

A prisoner of hope

Return to the fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:12 I am a prisoner of hope. Hope does not set me free; it binds me to the hard places, to the dry places, watching and waiting for […]