A Sorrowful Tale and a Lesson for Today’s Church

Imagine, if you can being a 27 year old woman, who finally after a hard life finds love.  Then to your surprise you discover you are pregnant.  Then to your shock the man leaves you alone and pregnant. Nowadays such a tale might indeed still hold the sorrow of a broken heart, but it would hardly…

Puffin

We crossed the causeway not certain that a puffin would be seen, it was still early in the season and despite one having been reported the previous week, it had remained elusive since.     In case you were wondering, below is the cliff once again with an arrow marking where the puffin was, and…

Orkney in But a Picture A Day

We have been on Orkney, I love Orkney, as soon as we landed Hubby said; “It feels just like coming home.”  Indeed it does despite this. We had blizzard conditions as we crossed the mainland having landed at St Margaret’s Hope, in the morning.  By lunchtime the fast melting snow was causing flooding.  In the…

Mary’s Sorrow Turned To Joy

Heartsore and cried out that was how the day started. The box of spices to honour his broken body felt like a heavy load as I slipped out the house before the first rays of dawn had warmed the streets. In the distance I could hear the guard speaking softly round their crackling fire. I…

Passiontide Meditations

These are the meditations used tonight during our Passiontide Sequence service exploring the pain and love that grows within and throughout Christ’s Passion.  The artwork is by Christine Keen. Meditation 1 – Pain, Judas and Peter A kiss. An act of devotion, of welcome, of love. The sound of lips against another’s skin, an intimate act,…

In the Beginning

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, the day when some Christians go to church and have an ash cross marked on their forehead to remind them or their mortality.  Child of God, remember from ash you came and to ash you will return. Ash, dust, particles. In the beginning when Love, Light and…

Just before we get into Lent

I spent a few days in Milan at the beginning of this month.  I could have spent a few months, not gone to any additional places and still not seen everything that was on offer.  Over on Facebook I have been boring people with album, after album, after album of photos from the trip, but…