Breath by Adrian Rice was Carol Rumen’s Poem of the Week on Saturday and was Mark Oakley’s #APoemADay on Tuesday. It is stunningly beautiful and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. It is my poem of the month. What is death but a letting go of breath? One of the last things he did was to […]
Things break. We break things. We break. But what do we do with the pieces? When I have broken things I have sometimes pretended it’s never happened (playing the innocent) or I have hidden the evidence. When I’ve broken I have pretended it’s never happened, or I have hidden the shame. This is shocking dishonesty. […]
On this day, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was martyred – aged 39. His life, teaching and death are constant reminders of the cost of discipleship and the need for political engagement. Here is one of his pearls: God travels wonderful ways with human beings, but he does not comply with the views and opinions of people. […]
Brexit shambles and uncertainty continues as the government suffers another humiliating defeat. Parliament struggles to find a way through an impasse which bears the stamp “made in England” – not made in Britain. What was dreamed up by some in England (and set alight by papers) has drawn other nations in. Not only Scotland and […]
Mushrooms, by Sylvia Plath, is my poem of the month. Do you want to know what it’s about? One person says it’s about mushrooms. The beauty of poetry is its surplus of meaning. Poems mean a lot – a lot more than the sum of their words and usually a lot more than the poet […]
It’s not just counting sheep that helps us sleep. It’s counting with God the sheep that helps us sleep smiling: the lost sheep found, the last folded ‘n’ gated.
Who counts counts? Counts count numbers, overpower them, reducing them, demeaning them making them number, dumber, cannon fodder, forced labour, numbers & counters who don’t count, won’t count. Beware those who count counter to those God counts dear. #1Chronicles21 #cLectio #morningprayer A reflection for Twitter on 1 Chronicles 21 – the set reading for Morning Prayer today.