Celebrating the Last Cancer Treatment

A prayer based on Psalm 145   “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.”[1]   God, you are awesome. Always awesome. When things are pants and when things are good, You…

Climbing Trees

You can tell it’s my last year at college, as I find myself spending more and more time looking out the window and ‘reflecting on my context.’ Four years that tree has been on the school grounds outside this classroom window, and I have never noticed how much that tree wants to be climbed –…

Making America Great

My birthday is approaching, so I know that soon it will be Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day in America and (in the case of a post-election year) a US President will be inaugurated. In honour of all three events occurring this year, I want to consider Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s understanding…

Facing 2017

Some folks are looking forward to 2017, determined to take to 2017 like a duck to water. I am not one of those people. I am looking forward to 2017, like a mother looks forward to taking a sugar-filled toddler onto a long train journey home. Like the mother, after a long arduous 2016, I…

Birth of Jesus – Facts or Truth?

According to Trevor Noah, 2016 was the year that facts died. He may be right. Certainly at this year’s end, many are ready to trumpet in the “post-truth” era. How does that relate to the story of Christmas though? The nativity is a debated topic. Whilst very few people doubt that Jesus was born and…

Star Spotting with Mary

Continuing to think about the stories we retell during Advent and Christmas, this week focussing on Mary’s ‘Magnificat’.  What does it mean for Mary to thank God for remembering His promise to Abraham and his descendants?  What does Abraham have to do with Jesus’s birth?  Well, let’s consider the story of Abram. Reflections on Genesis…

Trees at Christmas

Reflections on Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12 As I read these scriptures for Advent week 2, I was captivated by the tree imagery. Isaiah has Jesse’s tree trunk with new growth coming out of it, and the gospel reading has John the Baptist warning the Pharisees and Sadducees about trees and fruit, with God wielding…