Griefshare

Grief is a funny thing. Rarely ha-ha funny but sometimes so ridiculous that you just have to laugh/cry. It’s often strange as you behave in ways you wouldn’t normally, struggle with things that have never given you trouble before, feel down at times and much of the time feel slightly out of step with the []
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I hope that…

How often in the day do you say “I hope that ….” to someone? At a recent bible study the presenter suggested that we have become very casual with our use of the word hope. “I hope that I win the lottery.” Is that a real expectation? It shouldn’t be as the statistical odds are []
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The Secret of Walking the Camino

It took us 226,290 steps to complete the 130km section of the Camino that we journeyed along this summer. I spent the previous six months wondering whether, even if I could do the required number of steps for one day, I would be able to do it day after day. I bought a good pair []
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Easter Sunday

When did Easter finish for you? Was it as you finished Naomi’s wonderful breakfast in Ignite or when the last Easter egg was eaten or when you went back to work/school? It’s been bothering me for a couple of years that after the slow build up through Lent to the crucifixion on Good Friday, it’s []
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A Lent Challenge

This week is the start of Lent. We all enthusiastically pig out on pancakes on Shrove Tuesday ….. but what does Lent mean to you? Do you give up chocolate or cigarettes? Both are good to do from a health point of view. My birthday is always in the middle of Lent so I have []
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Christmas Reflections

Well, Christmas is nearly with us. I got my usual shock when the stores were filled with goodies immediately after Halloween. What do you like best about Christmas – the food or the presents or the seaonal music in the shops or the general sense of expectation? One of my favourite parts is the letters []
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Time to Use

For the first time in my life, I approached this autumn with no commitments – one of the joys and challenges of retirement. I know for most of you there aren’t enough hours in the day and believe me I do remember back to the years when I could only have time to myself by []
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You Just Never Know

I’m not sure why but I started thinking about Paul’s intentions when he sat down to write his letter to Titus. Paul had visited Crete and preached to the people there. Titus had been left behind to work with the new Christians and to develop the fledgling church. In writing this letter, Paul wanted to []
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What is our Hope?

When I get to the gates of heaven and St Peter asks me “What was the best time of your life?” I very much doubt that I will pick the last 6 months. It’s been dominated by the disappointment of Frank’s cancer’s quick return and the grief of watching him struggle through another course of []
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Day 96 – So Much More!

Revelation 1 I always come to Revelations with hesitation because I find it difficult to understand. Despite this, it’s important because it was a message that Jesus sent from beyond the grave. In verse 3 it says   “Blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it”   So []
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