#170 This morning I saw a #beautifulsunrise from home just after #morningprayer The words of the office seemed so apt: As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever. Amen. (at Ripon... Continue Reading →

#162 There is something very lovely about the 7:25am walk to #morningprayer especially at the moment when it is barely light. The chapel is a #beaconoflight in the semi-darkness. It looks so inviting that it draws you in, much like Jesus as #lightoftheworld draws people close. In peace we will lie down and sleep; For... Continue Reading →

#61 It can be quite upsetting when someone says something hurtful. It can take away your confidence or make you feel quite vulnerable. Words are powerful indeed and we so often underestimate their potential when they are used positively or negatively. A kind word can really pick someone up, just like an unkind word can... Continue Reading →

#60 #wisdom is…knowing when to speak and when to listen. It is knowing when to act and when to step back. Wisdom encourages us to think first and speak later. Wisdom leads us to use words of kindness over harmfulness, to embrace rather than push away, to seek to challenge different opinions rather than simply... Continue Reading →

#54 When Jesus was asked what happens after we die, who are we with or married to in heaven he reminded people of God’s words to Moses: ‘“I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.“ He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are... Continue Reading →

#53 Jesus said “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s”…but what about unfair tax systems where the rich barely notice what they are paying and the poor struggle to put food on their tables because they have so little? And is that because the... Continue Reading →

#52 Have you ever stopped listening to things that you do not want to hear? Whilst it may make you feel better at the time, I’m not sure it helps communication in the long run. Jesus often used #parables or stories to say the things that people did not want to hear…quite often people did... Continue Reading →

#51 In #morningprayer today we read about the #authority of Jesus being challenged #mark11v27toend. Perhaps it is quite apt that #archbishopofcanterbury has today announced that he wants to unite the #anglicancommunion by changing the fabric of what holds us together; rather than a common doctrine, it would move to a relationship of cooperation around matters... Continue Reading →

#50 #forgiveness - a fresh start, a slate wiped clean? People often talk about it as a sort of obligation to the person who has wronged you, but sometimes it isn’t that simple. Forgiveness is a process, it does not mean that we have to ‘forgive and forget’ thus putting ourselves in a vulnerable position... Continue Reading →

#49 “If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” #john12v27to36a #morningprayer Over the last few days I’ve been reflecting on the changes to my life already in ministerial training…it is about giving... Continue Reading →

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