Monthly Archives: February 2016
Change is often challenging – of that there’s no doubt – and we’ve been through a big change recently. My mother-in-law (no stereotypical jokes here – she’s a gem!) moved into a local care home recently. For some time, we realised she was becoming vulnerable in her own place, and now we know she’ll be safe and well looked after. Seems like a ‘win-win’ situation, doesn’t it? Perhaps; but that never guarantees the change will be easy to handle. On a logistic level, there’s visiting to factor in, and what do we do with her old place?.. read more
Standing on a street corner shivering, a foot of snow on the ground and more falling, in sub zero temperatures. Three people had turned up to go carol singing round Wellwood, a village in our parish. “We need at least five to make it worth it”, we said – but just as were about to leave, two other tentative carollers appeared round the corner!! So, off we went ‘In the Bleak Midwintering’, around dark, apparently unreceptive houses. A few curtains twitched, one child waved, and when the guitarists fingers could strum no more, we got in our cars and went home, wondering what it had all been about... read more
The Roman god, Janus, is depicted with two heads, facing in opposite directions. Perhaps our Christian God could be regarded in a similar way, looking both outside and inside ourselves.
The outside representation is visible and obvious. The church is a physical structure, used by a body of people with the same beliefs and ways of worship. From very early times, humans have been communally inclined, and especially so in matters of religion. We join together on Sundays and other occasions, in acts of prayer, song and teachings... read more
We’re well into the ordinary days now. January and February days – still the winter and still the spring. These can be the difficult days, with the holidays well behind us, and the weather yet to endure.
What does the Church speak into these days? How do we help each other with the work of basic daily life?
We may turn to Scripture, but there is a sparseness to the witness when we look for stories of ordinary days. In the Gospels, the story quickly jumps past the Christmas birth stories to Christ’s own adult baptism, leaving the long days of his childhood and family life obscure in the shadows... read more