Category Archives: Contemplative life

I’ve never….

…done a parachute jump. I don’t mind that. It’s not a big desire of mine, unlike my wanting to pick strawberries when I was a child. I used to be someone who had never picked strawberries. I can remember sitting … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 video

We were staying in Yorkshire this weekend. It is very beautiful and on a walk through fields of sheep I pondered the words of Psalm 23. I was reminded of Jesus’ care for us, and how he might use his staff to … Continue reading

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I feel bliss when…

I suddenly notice: wow, this is a moment! An almost holy moment. A little snapshot of heaven on earth. That time when I realise everything is just right, and all is in sync. I overuse the word ‘perfect’ and so it … Continue reading

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When I look up at a Tree

I can breathe. I can glimpse blue sky and fluffy white clouds. I am mesmerised by the flickering sunlight dappling on leaves. I am at peace. I sense the presence of God. I grasp my smallness in the universe. He … Continue reading

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To every thing there is a season

The changing seasons are one of the things I love about living in the UK. I love the sudden greenness of spring with it’s longer days and drying washing outdoors; the warmth of summer with fewer clothes, longer days and … Continue reading

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Praying with Proverbs 31

I’ve always been attracted to the words of Proverbs 31. I find them beautiful, and holy. That’s not to say I haven’t also found them something of a test, something against which I will always be found wanting. I have … Continue reading

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Three encouragements for Mums

As we approach Mother’s Day in the UK, I have been thinking about mothers, and the long journey of parenting. There are inumerable  blessings along the way, and it is truly a joy and a huge honour to be trusted with these … Continue reading

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John’s disciples encounter Jesus

Today our Lent reading is taken only from the Bible. Read the passage out loud slowly two or three times and imagine the scene. Perhaps a particular word or phrase will stand out to you. Children often will notice a … Continue reading

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behold, angels came and were ministering to him

‘Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.’ (Matthew 4:22) After Jesus had resisted all of the devil’s temptations then the devil left him. The devil gave up! He would be back another day, … Continue reading

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Jesus in the Wilderness

Immediately after his baptism Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Some scenes in the Bible are almost impossible for us to imagine. We have no experience of such things. For many … Continue reading

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