I often get my inspiration from song titles or sayings that relate to the different seasons I’m writing about e.g. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, or I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, or It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, okay so maybe this is not going to work as it usually does.
I’ve read a lot recently about loneliness and the impact it has on people, about the toxicity of individualism and a success driven society, especially where that success is defined by the accumulation of wealth, stuff, followers or influence. How have we got ourselves into this mess? Tempting as it is to look back at… Continue reading Loneliness – the battle of our time
This is a companion piece to The Importance of Grief which I wrote about on Friday – you can read that here On this Easter Sunday my timelines on social media are full of posts about Easter and Jesus, in church this morning there were no empty spaces in the pews as so many people… Continue reading An Anatomy Hope
We ought to look at grief like a chronic illness, one that arrives without being invited and then never leaves us but changes how we live profoundly and completely.
Our brains are amazing, most of the time! Until they begin to get stuck in the same mode, dishing out hormonal responses to things that are not actually happening, for example for someone who has an anxiety disorder. For the anxiety sufferer the brain is working against them, sending their bodies into the wrong responses… Continue reading Anxiety and All the Feels
How awful it is to have to bow to the pain and discomfort I have in my body. I ask these questions of myself and God: how long is this going to last this time around? How many appointments will I need to cancel – both the necessary and the delightful? How do I continue… Continue reading An Ode to a Life in Pain
We are living in uncertain times, this feels more true as we (the UK) stand on the cusp of leaving the European Union, than at any other time I can remember! No-one seems to have a sense of the way forward, those who do are being shouted down by arguments both for and against. This… Continue reading Faith Amid Uncertainty
This has been milling around in my head for a couple of weeks now and I think it needs some proper processing: a lovely, wonderful, well-intentioned friend said this phrase to me in conversation and it’s been stuck under my skin since, ‘People need Jesus more than they need sustainable fashion’, we were discussing the… Continue reading Sustainable Fashion and The Gospel
A basic human need is connection with others This is unfinished and a little raw/unedited so bear with me, I am trying to get back into writing by taking every opportunity to write when the urge takes me! I’ve been reflecting on the nature of family this week in particular as we attended the funeral… Continue reading Family Ties
Darkness is essential to the rhythm of humanity