Category: Reflections

Annoying prophets

I expect you can guess what make me think about annoying prophets this week. The Extinction Rebellion protesters see themselves as prophets – and we may well agree. Some people certainly seem to find them annoying. But how…

Ordinary angels

How do you imagine angels? Here’s a reading from the Book of Acts… At that time King Herod caused terrible suffering for some members of the church. He ordered soldiers to cut off the head of James, the…

The daily podcast – a poem

Not having the all surrounding headphones I listen to the daily podcast. As I tune in, I hear the first blackbirds calling to each other from deep in the trees. A child sings with his mother, and a…

The golden thread

‘And that’s about it, friends. Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. Do all that, and the God of love and peace will be with you for sure. Greet…

Strength for the journey

Go Peaceful  by Paul Field Go peaceful in gentleness through the violence of these days. Give freely. Show tenderness in all your ways. Through darkness, in troubled times let holiness be your aim. Seek wisdom. Let faithfulness burn…

Transitions

It seems appropriate that we’re thinking about the Ascension today, at a time when lots of students – and some staff – are experiencing big transitions. Some final year students are coming in to say their goodbyes. Others…

What we leave behind

Last Saturday I went to a little village in Staffordshire called Mavesyn Ridware, for the memorial service for my old university chaplain, Jonathan. Jonathan had been brought up there, but I knew him getting on for 40 years…

Having enough

The fear of not having enough can be a very powerful influence on our behaviour. I notice it with time. My anxiety about not having enough time leads me to try to get ahead – to make myself…