#BIGRead14: Amen #Luke2Acts

#BIGRead14 The final poem in Stephen Cherry’s encouraging but challenging series for Lent – starts and ends with ‘Amen‘ (so be it) – as it is ‘over to you’, and we think where we go next. #Luke2Acts Luke 4 – For 40 days (the length of Lent, once Sunday’s are removed), Jesus wandered the desert eating nothing (something that challenged Keith Hebden this Lent as he sought to highlight food banks this Lent). I found Continue Reading →

#BIGRead14: Dying #Luke2Acts

#BIGRead14 Only two certainties in life, right? Death and taxes? Today’s poem deals with dying, and the sense of ‘slipping away’ … although Ernie’s comments earlier today that death for many isn’t such a comfortable time… although what most would hope for – slipping away in sleep! I loved hunting out the image above though … a comforting potential … which reminds me somewhat of the stories of Narnia – when the Pevensie family die Continue Reading →

#BIGRead14: Breeze #Luke2Acts

#BIGRead14 I have to say a breezy day (preferably a warm, breezy day) is one of my favourite kinds of weather, so I love the fact that Stephen’s poem today looks at the breeze: When the breeze comes; we rise to life. I am currently pretty tired so ready to be pretty still, but then awaken at the next breeze… so I may not be all that cohesive! #Luke2Acts Luke 2 – There’s a huge amount of Continue Reading →

#BIGRead14: Joy // #Luke2Acts

#BIGRead14 Death and taxes .. the only certainties in life, right? Today’s poem on ‘joy’ Unpredictable, undemanding joy, let me dissolve into your abundant sufficiency, your limitless expansiveness, your eternal, redemptive fullness. I have had a day of ‘joy’ – recording God Spots for UCB, lunch with Lynne, recording a longer interview around #digitalparenting with Paul Hammond, then on the train to London catching up with Rev, before an evening with lovely friend Karen… #Luke2Acts Continue Reading →

#BIGRead14: Reconciliation

#BIGRead14 Today’s poem focuses on ‘Reconciliation‘ – a tough topic, that we can all too easily skim over. Having just spent the day on an excellent ’emotional intelligence’ course with Andrew Scott, one of the standout elements of the day was his passion for the stories/narratives we weave around ourselves, and – particularly – around others … which then tend to become self-fulfilling prophesies – especially dangerous if those are ‘negative’ stories (“he never listens”, Continue Reading →

#BIGRead14: O Thou

#BIGRead14 Today’s poem can be hard to read – because Stephen appears to be trying to articulate something that’s hard to articulate: O beginning! O beauty! O brilliance! O wonder! O presence! O silence! O mercy! O wholeness! O healing! O energy! O darkness! O glory! O friend! O end! O thou! I chose the image above because it draws out the wonder of the intricacy of the smallest details (and believe me, as may Continue Reading →

#BIGRead14: Embracing the Mystery

#BIGRead14 Today’s poem Help me to be clear about this at least: that I know little; that I miss more than I see; that I am surprised more often, far more often, than I ever admit. … reminded me of a postcard I used to have on my wall – which was something along these lines: The focus of the poem, however, is upon the mystery – which the first description in Wordnik is “One Continue Reading →

#BIGRead14: Contemplation

#BIGRead14 Well, after a day which has been mostly about not working (although setting up online service for tomorrow has taken a tad longer than expected), this poem seems appropriate in a day of ‘waiting’ and ‘silence’, in between Good Friday and Easter Sunday: I remain in your peace. I absorb your peace. I will rise, in due course, to live your peace. #Do1NiceThing: Visit a local shop you have not visited before or in a while Continue Reading →