Life Question: Denying Reality (1)

The tax return form sat in my Dad’s in-tray month after month, ignored, though the deadline loomed.My mother tried to remind him about it gently, and was brushed off with ‘It’s OK. I’ll do it’. But he didn’t. And she began to wonder if he didn’t because he couldn’t. He already had a diagnosis of […]

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Reflection: Street preacher

  A shiver runs through me when I recall you, street preacher:  you stand there, politely dressed, in a neat space between market stalls,   a small black book in hand  externally polite, respectable, friendly even  but with a stream of horror pouring out of your mouth.  ‘Aren’t you afraid?’ you ask the passers-by.   ‘If you […]

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Life Question: The hazards of teaching responsibility

I let out an involuntary gasp as I turned over the price tag. This child’s ski jacket was unbelievably expensive. But of course it was. If someone needed to buy a ski jacket in this village high in the Austrian mountains, the shop owners could charge what they liked. A ski jacket when skiing was hardly an […]

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Life Question: When the road ahead gets foggy

It was very hard to understand God’s guidance once I became depressed. My husband was convinced he was called to work as an overseas missionary doctor. When we met, he thought that in me he had found someone who would partner him in working overseas. We trained in cross-cultural mission, applied and set off to […]

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Life Question: On privacy

It helps no-one if you don’t ask for what you need We’d been in our new house in Uganda about a week when the hospital chaplain called. He’d come to make sure that I was going to behave as a medical superintendent’s wife was supposed to behave, it turned out. He’d been disappointed that my […]

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Reflection: Home cooking – a comfort in lockdown

  I chop and sweat vegetables for soup,     an alchemist invoking the art of pulling together a family.  Fragrant steam diffuses through the house  Curling around the stairway  Stealing under the door of my children’s rooms,  Silently letting my husband know he’s loved,  Soon drawing my family to the heart of our home,  To sit round […]

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Shame – an invisible plague

As they sat in the front seats of the parked car, Judith know that her mother was about to launch into one of her rants about Judith’s recent gain in weight. But on this occasion, things turned out differently. An enormous Lion stepped into the space between Judith and her mother, and as her mother […]

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Reflection: Lockdown compost heap

As lockdown began, I had a very strong sense that it was important not to come to conclusions about what it all meant too soon. The wisdom times of difficulty bring takes time to make itself known. Busy the sun, the wind, the birds, the spring greening But my heart’s sound is silence, a dampening […]

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