PURPOSEFUL WAITING …FAITHFULLY PRESENT

PURPOSEFUL WAITING …FAITHFULLY PRESENT I wonder, how you are with waiting? I would guess that for those of us who use public transport waiting on a bus or a train can, not only be frustrating but, seem like wasted time. Indeed, oftentimes waiting can seem like wasted...

Faithful Presence – Insiders and Outsiders

I am enormously impressed by Daniel and his friends, and their resilience through the trauma of being torn away from their homes and exiled to Babylon at a young and very impressionable age. They didn’t let that experience result in a root of bitterness against the...

Faithfully Present … déjà vu

Déjà vu I vividly remember walking into the living room a number of years ago and being greeted by a four-year-old who, proudly pointing to the large scrawl of dark blue felt pen all over the cream painted wall, declared, “Look, Mum, Mene, Mene, Tickle, Parsnip.” I...
Build Up

Build Up

Build Up I recently watched a documentary on Ernest Hemingway and a segment in the programme made me think about New Testament descriptions of church. The segment was about Hemingway’s friend, the French artist and father of impressionism, Paul Cézanne. The...

Life in Technicolour

September has crept up on many of us, and according to the meteorological calendar we are now in a new season; Autumn has arrived. Just as the months and seasons change, so we are starting a new series on QPLive where we are going to think about mental health and...

When all is stripped back

An ear worm they call it. That tune you can’t stop whistling, that incessantly annoying refrain that has colonised your mind. This week it was Matt Redman in my ear. “when the music fades and all is stripped away”It has been that kind of season. All the scaffolding...

Hope for the Future

This Covid 19 crisis is dragging on too long! Do you remember the glorious Spring weather of April and May, when lock down was a novel experience, and the guidelines were crystal clear? Now we are confused about what we can and cannot do, and we are increasingly fed...

Plant that Tree!

“The new normal”. It’s a phrase which has become widespread as people try to predict what a world upturned by COVID19 will look like. It contains a real tension as we find ourselves caught between the desire to return to normal life as we knew it and the opportunity...

God’s Father Heart

  Mostly we know that we are loved by God, but God does not just want us to know of his love for us but for us to encounter that love deep in our hearts. To know about God is a good start but, on its own, it is not enough if we are to know the abundance of life...