Brave

Brave and courageous Brave – what comes to mind when you think of that word? Fearless superheroes who dive into danger without a second thought? Intrepid explorers or daring extreme sports fanatics who face mighty challenges without sweat breaking on their brow?...

Joy

A couple of weeks ago I walked through an area of ancient Caledonian forest. I generally love trees, but for me there is something extraordinarily special about visiting an ancient Scots pine woodland, especially when the sun brings out the wonderful colours of the...

Sadness

It reveals what really matters to us Cheer up! Put a smile on, be happy! We so easily imagine the good life to be a pain-free, sorrowless existence of wall to wall happiness. So, we seek to medicate, eradicate, or simply dodge sadness. Yet so often our sadness is a...

Loneliness

Loneliness This Sunday at QPLive we continue our series on feelings. One of the things we have been learning during this series is that feelings are important because they give us information, they tell us something about ourselves, and what we need. Loneliness is not...

ANGER!

ANGER!Angry, irritated, frustrated – there is a lot of it about – Lockdown can wind us up. So much of normal life is blocked and there is so much to be annoyed about. Anger is the cause of so much harm –  it fuels hateful language and violent...

A prayer of blessing

Blessing our community Last Sunday, Doug and Kate led us in a prayer of blessing for our community which was written by the Local Houses of Prayer. Thank you to Local Houses of Prayer for sharing their blessing with us.   Prayer of blessing Heavenly Father, we...

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...