That we live our verbs, not nouns

That we live our verbs, not nouns[1] I was asked if  I could set the “blog ball” in motion for 2020 – how could I refuse.  Naturally, I was a bit panicked as to what I would write and then realised that I can only write about what I am currently learning or more appropriately []
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Emmanuel, a Prayer

My favourite Bible verse at Christmas time is Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel” (which means “God with us”). It summarises the whole story of Christmas – God comes to earth. What an awesome event. As I think of my loved ones, I want []
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Strong

At a recent evening out, my long-time friend Tony (not his real name) was eager to tell me about a woman hed encountered who he considered a religious zealot.  He was put off by her alleged zealotry and observed bluntly that she didn’t realise God has given up on me a long time ago.   Tony’s []
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Crossing the Road

I watched someone engrossed in her phone step out into the road in front of oncoming traffic. I immediately made the judgement that she was an idiot. I would never be so stupid as to cross the road without looking. I watched someone engrossed in her phone step out into the road in front of []
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Are you Ready for Love?

This will be a short one. Because my head is filled with content, and it’s tired! And frazzled. Making time for this podcast, that show, that new Kanye West album, that friend who wants to meet for coffee and also, for myself. I’m trying to juggle and balance all these opinions, while somehow forming my []
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Criticism vs Affirmation

While presenting is a simple and remarkably useful skill, it is also an act that most people seem to find daunting at the best of times. Fair enough. Putting yourself out there, to describe personal thoughts or reflections makes you stand out from the apathetic crowd. To extend out to the world something that feels []
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That Thing

The Scenario I don’t suppose you spend endless time arguing with yourself. Do you? I do.  In my head there are at least two people. They rarely agree. They like to take a good look at every angle of a situation before coming to any conclusion. Sometimes it takes all my energy to get them []
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No Fear in Love

What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of What the world needs now is love, sweet love, No not just for some but for everyone. “What the World Needs Now” by Dionne Warwick Every time I look up, every time I look down No []
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“And it makes me Wonder….” Stairway to Heaven

I officiated at my first civil funeral of an elderly lady which caused me to do a lot of thinking. These reflections were utterly reframed after hearing a wonderful teaching I stumbled upon by Richard Rohr on YouTube, which was based on Franciscan mysticism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NtUaos9Nus.  In keeping with all grace-filled coincidences, Fiona and Matthew’s own []
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My Kingdom Come…

I set out to rule the world with only a paper shield and a wooden sword. No mountain dare stand in my way, even the oceans tremble in my wake. The tide is brave, but always retreats. even the sand, it cowers under my feet. My kingdom towers above it all, while I sleep safe []
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