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#amrecovering: be still

I bought this mug in April, about two months after I left hospital. It reminded me of something I felt God had said to me while I was in hospital: Be still and know that I am God (Ps 46:10). … Continue reading

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Barefoot Prayers: Doing Justice and On Hearing the News – A Response

‘The prophet said, ‘Do Justice!’ And I cried, ‘Which Justice?’ Criminal justice. Social justice. Economic justice. Retributive justice. Restorative justice. Generational justice. I want to do justice to the prophet’s words. I want to do justice to justice. Where shall … Continue reading

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Barefoot Prayers: Disappointment – A Response

Disappoint: to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of. to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate. Resilience: the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity. … Continue reading

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Barefoot Prayers: Hatred – A Response

If hatred is a worm that infects our better selves and lays its poisonous parasitical spawn in our souls, how can we be rid of it? How can we stop it from growing, gnawing, rising, controlling. How can we loosen … Continue reading

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Barefoot Prayers – Emptiness – A Response

Sometimes, I feel like a used-up teabag: drained, flavourless, empty. But You do not throw me on the compost heap to rot. Instead, You refresh me – through laughter, through song, through the love and kindness of friends and family, … Continue reading

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Barefoot Prayers: Loneliness – A Response

There have been times when I have experienced intense loneliness, when depression has put up a wrought-iron gate between me and the rest of the world. Right now, though, that gate is swung wide open, and I am free to … Continue reading

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Barefoot Prayers: Bodies – A Response

There’s no doubt about it: I’m getting older. My hair is going grey, and my skin is going wrinkly. Two vertical lines have taken up permanent residence between my eyebrows and there’s a pillow crease on my cheek that’s still … Continue reading

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Barefoot Prayers: Mindful – A Response

I have a butterfly mind. Thoughts constantly flit around inside my head. They might settle for a moment or two, but they always flutter off again. Writing pins them down; it allows me to look at them closely, to interrogate … Continue reading

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Barefoot Prayers: Evensong – A Response

“As the sunlight loses its strength, and the shadows stretch to the east, so our weary minds seek rest.” It feels later than it is. It’s only 10pm, but I’m struggling to keep my eyes open. The week has drained … Continue reading

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Barefoot Prayers: After a Holiday – A Response

“… let me take a flight of gratitude. And so I give thanks: for opportunity, for time, for the efforts of others, for companions, for encounters, for everything that delighted the eye, for each moment of peace, for inspiration from … Continue reading

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