This one thing I do…

This one thing I do…

I’m sure you know the adage; Work expands to fill the time available. In our house, we’ve changed that to; Time does NOT expand to accommodate all the things Wyn wants to do! My good man is fully supportive of my many and varied projects but he does joke that I’m a serial over committer. There’s a lot of truth in that and I realise I need him to remind me sometimes – even often! – that there’s a finite...

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Pharisees

Pharisees

Have you ever heard someone’s speech described as pontificating? If so, they are being accused of expressing their views in a ‘pompous and dogmatic’ way! It’s a rather strange word and I am always interested to know where these words originate. Pontificate comes from the latin words- Pontifex – Pont – bridge and fex (from ‘facere’) – make. So, in effect, it means to make a bridge between two isolated or separate things or...

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The Tenth Commandment : Don’t covet

The Tenth Commandment : Don’t covet

You shall not covet. (Exodus 20:17) I remember, as an adolescent, struggling with this commandement. The other nine focus on actions – things we should or shouldn’t do – but the tenth commandment targets our thoughts and desires. I thought this was surely unreasonable. After all, sometimes random thoughts and desires just seem to come unbidden to the mind and, as long as I didn’t act on anything unsavoury or unkind, what...

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What the night brings

What the night brings

I woke up in a panic last night. Someone was in my house. Standing over me. Ready to hurt me. And so I screamed myself awake. No one was there. So I got up, waited for my heartbeat to slow down, and prayed Psalm 23 while walking around my house checking doors. It was the same old fear. And I followed the same ritual I go through every night this has happened since I moved into my own home more than six years ago. It doesn’t happen every night....

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What Is Life?

What Is Life?

I’m using you all as a sounding board for an article I am to write for the back of a church bulletin. The article is to appear in January, 2017, although it has to be submitted by the end of August. The interesting thing is that the new year will have already been emphasized, as well as “Sanctity of Life” Sunday. And now my thought to write  on is James’ very brusque statement: “You are just a vapor that appears...

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