Wise or Foolish?

What counts as wisdom these days? And what is folly? April 1st is a traditional day to make a fool of someone, though that is not a practice to encourage. Perhaps it is wiser to recognise our own folly and admit it on All Fools Day. The Hebrew Scriptures, on which Christianity draws, is composed […]

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What is life for?

When I was preparing for retirement I decided to spend time on writing, gardening and family. Today that seems to have been a wise choice.  While we are having our movement curtailed I can still write and share the results with friends and via the website. I have been writing reflections on some of the […]

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Psalm 127

A song of ascent – of Solomon I find this a difficult Psalm.  Within the boundaries of a traditional religious culture it appears to offer assurance and promise. It says, “ God will grant you security and peace. Through the gift of children you will be blessed in your old age.”   First some reflections on […]

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Isolated but not alone

What a long time a week has become! My seven days of self-isolation are nearly up. But now, the whole country is told to isolate. So we will have to develop patterns of behaviour that will sustain us through the next few months. How can we be isolated yet not alone, separate but not suffering […]

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Psalm 23

The shepherd looking after the sheep is one of the most familiar metaphors in the Bible. For most people this is a comforting and reassuring psalm, based on God’s constant and loving care. God is the good shepherd. In the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel God’s care is contrasted with those who are hired to do the […]

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Life not cancelled!

It might seem as if everything is being cancelled at the moment. But life goes on! Admittedly, it is tempting to make the most of the ‘last time for a while’ events. So it was really good to meet up with a friend for a pub lunch last week, (hand washing etc all duly observed). […]

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Psalm 13. How long?

How long will I not see your face? Will I be forgotten for ever?How long must I live alone with with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look at me and give me a response.Let the light of hope be in my eyes; or despair will […]

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Seedlings

Each day I inspect my seedlings and give them a little spray of water. I count how many have germinated. I am particularly excited about the growing number of leek seeds that have germinated. They have taken their time, but there are now more than thirty! I have transplanted many tiny seedlings from modules into […]

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Words are not the message!

It was during a silent Meeting for Worship in my local Quaker Meeting that the phrase came to me, “Words are not the message”. What did this mean? I  have been concerned for a while that many of our Meetings for Worship are completely silent. Perhaps this thought came in response to that concern. I have […]

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Psalm 100

This is a song of joy. A celebration of all that is good and wonderful. It is a hymn of praise to be sung not just by people, but by the whole earth, all that is.  There are times when we are filled with joy and want to celebrate together. This psalm expresses that experience. One […]

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