Month: July 2014

Snow Lady


I took this picture of Leucanthemum ‘Snow Lady‘ before planting her outside in the back garden, she is rather lovely, clean, white, bright, fresh as a daisy, but how will she fare now she’s outside; will she stay clean and white, will she survive! Greenfly, slugs, snails, wind, too much rain, too little rain, planting anything is an act of faith, and also of hope. Once upon a time ‘Snow Lady’ was no more than a grain of hope, a seed which a gardener took and sowed…

Three babies were bought to be baptised yesterday, clean, fresh as daisies; they were bought in faith, in hope with prayer to receive the sign of the cross, to be baptised. I know, not all Christian churches receive little ones like this, many parents desire to let their children make their own decision when old enough, yes, it is true, some will never get around to doing that; yes it’s equally true that not every parent or godparent is going to keep the promises made on a child’s behalf, it’s vexing and arguable, but, if these three little ones had been carried to Jesus, would He have turned them away with no blessing, no prayer?

When the first baby photos are taken we can’t see, we don’t see what will be, we don’t see how a child will turn out that is the truth, and it is also true that in creating human beings, although the Almighty had more than an idea of what would be, and how things would certainly turn out – He still did it anyway!

What do you think?
Is God the best example we have of sowing in faith and hope?
What does that say of the value, the promise the potential of all of us, what does it say about the Love of God for the whole of creation?

I leave these questions with you, as seeds for your thoughts or otherwise?


…,The Best Is a Yet To Be…

The lady speaker was about to retire and as she finished her message gave to each listener a bookmark, I have treasured mine for many years. My journal recalls my feelings at that time; the words were an encouragement which carried the sense that their giver was our Father, of whom we sing,

You are older than the world can be,
You are younger than the life in me.
Ever old and ever new,
Keep me travelling along with you.”

(From the Hymn One more Step along the world I go” -Sidney Carter b1915)

In my early twenties, the word of The Lord came to me, “Keep faith sweetheart” Not keep the faith but keep faith. Seems to me, that the two expressions have very different meaning, to keep faith with The Lord is to do just that to stand by the promises we make, to put our hand in His to walk where He leads, even if we don’t know where we are going in the human way of knowing, or when we are doubtful of afraid.

We walk by faith not by sight.

Years fly by, but what are a thousand years to the Maker of them?

We are both older now, the giver of the bookmark is still witnessing and teaching from the scriptures, and the one who received still content to keep on travelling along with God, and discovering every day that His best, is poured out for me, every day something new, the Joy of the Lord is the strength of my heart.


A Fresh Take on the Wilderness Experience

Bit busy at the moment, getting ready for a big,big, clear up in the churchyard. A community get together with scouts, school children, moms and dads, grans and grandpas … and folk from the Mosque in a neighbouring town all getting together, showing their love and care for neighbours…

Got an seemingly unsolvable problem?

Always remember,

“If The Lord cannot come himself, he always sends.

God bless those who are always willing to be ‘sent