Saturday, 17 April 2021
So we're finally unlocking!
One thing that is clear, however, is that the pandemic has taken its toll - on all of us. And most of us are more tired than we perhaps acknowledge. There will be wisdom in emerging gently, rather than at a run; taking time to acknowledge our losses and notice how the past year has changed us. And then placing all our cares and wounds, our hopes and longings into the healing hands of God.
There's no better way to do that than resting in a peaceful place and soaking in God's healing love.
So why not join me on a restorative 'Resting with the Healer' retreat in the beautiful and nurturing environment of Penhurst Retreat Centre. There are still a few places left and you can find more details on their website.
I'd love to have your company.
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
This is a Christmas season like no other. One in which huge struggles exist beneath the glittering veneer of lights and tinsel. One in which there is immense heartache and pain below the cheery sounds of Christmas music. A Christmas where the longing to meet family is coloured with absences and anxieties. And one in which many secretly weep behind close doors. It's a Christmas of brave faces and broken hearts. But also a season of love and kindness. A time of hope amidst the losses of this year. A time to help each other through.
I offer this prayer, with deepest love.
Please feel free to share it with anyone who might be helped by it.
May you have a blessed
May you find
a million things to give thanks for
in the midst of dreams and plans disrupted.
May you stay safe
and keep others safe too.
Where there is loneliness
may unexpected friendship
come to cheer your heart.
wash over your anxieties.
Where there is sadness
may Christ come to comfort you
and the loving arms of God
In the depths of loss and grief
may you be gentle with yourself
and let kindness
begin to heal you.
May your needs be met
and the hope of a brighter future
root itself within your heart.
When you need energy
may you be given it,
when you need rest
may you find it.
And when you long for bright hints of joy
may they rise up to greet you
like the bubbling laughter of children
or the wonder of sparkling diamonds
in the snow.
May Christmas bless you and restore you
and give you the deepest peace
for all that is yet to be.
Friday, 30 October 2020
Sometimes the smallest things can lift our spirits can't they. A small packet of hollyhock seeds did that for me yesterday. In the midst of a whirl of bad news this small gift from a friend gave me hope of a brighter Spring.
A little poem of mine has travelled the globe since I printed it on the front of my notecards. Many people tell me of the comfort these words have brought to people.
I'd love to send you some.
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Monday, 13 July 2020
In my morning devotional today, I read:
People only have to look at the creation around them to know that an invisible hand has brought into being all they can see.
Romans 1.20 (The Truth translation)
Sunday, 17 May 2020
As I anticipate that the series may continue to grow, these meditations now have their own web page which you can access through the link on the top right of this page.
I pray that these new resources will help you in some small way.
Please help others too by sharing this information widely. Thank you.
Saturday, 2 May 2020
As part of my personal response to the current crisis, I have begun to develop some simple prayerful meditations which can be found here, on YouTube and on Facebook. Each is about 15 minutes long. My hope is that these will provide opportunities for others to find peace in their anxieties and to calm and strengthen themselves with prayer.
If God leads me in this project, this may become a series.
The first in the series is here ...
I'm also thrilled to discover that my new book gets a mention on YouTube too!
Nicky Hazley, from Comber Methodist church, in Ireland, has created a lovely prayer reflection based on 'Dwelling in the Psalms'.
This is also well worth exploring ...
Peace be with you all.
Go safely through these times.