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A grandson’s glee

A wedding invitation has arrived in the post. It’s from an old friend, a guy who’s been an established batchelor for as long as I can remember, and who’s now met his Miss Right. How exciting! Who else is invited? … Continue reading

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When courage & compassion combine

We are heading rapidly towards the end of the year. It’s grey, drizzly and cold. Advent is about to begin. The nights are almost as long as they’re going to get, and I’m yearning for the shortest day and the … Continue reading

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Faith for the impossible

It’s a Friday evening. Spring has sprung. Green shoots are piercing the ground. Parks and gardens are full to bursting with daffodils and tulips. Trees are laden with pink and white blossom. Temperatures are rising. Sunshine and blue skies are … Continue reading

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More than meets the eye

“Please will you pray for me?” she whispers, her voice barely audible. “Of course,” I reply, not feeling convinced by the confidence in my voice. We are sitting next to each other on a soft cushioned bench, running round the … Continue reading

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Facing against the direction of travel

Being British, our family’s Christmas Day would not be complete without The Queen and her annual message. It’s tradition. It’s an institution. It’s one of the rare occasions when we hear her personal perspectives. Huddling around the TV to hear Her … Continue reading

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The kindness of a stranger

I stumbled across the ‘Faith’ poem today, written by Patrick Overton: “When you walk to the edge of all the light you have  and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,  you must believe that one of … Continue reading

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Fruit for those who follow after

I can still remember the day my friend, Karen, told me she had cancer. It was early in 2004. She had just returned from a holiday in South Africa with her husband, Martin. While she was there, she’d discovered that … Continue reading

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