Does it do what it says on the packet?

It is my wife, not I, who is the gardener in our household. However, I do take a little bit of interest in all her hard work, and one of the things that I have noticed is that there can be quite a lot of variety in the packaging of seeds and plants. (I realise it is a...

Your will be done – maybe?

The offer of a new name, a new life, new citizenship, and forgiveness is not exclusive to Christianity. For a couple of centuries men who joined the French Foreign Legion received these benefits. Conquering military leaders have offered defeated enemies the...

If the shoe fits

Our fifteen-month old granddaughter is moving on to her third pair of shoes. The problem is that her feet keep growing but her shoes do not grow with her. It is the simple, but ever-present problem of life refusing to conform to fixed structures. It is not that shoes...

I am not very good at praying.

I do a fair bit of it, but in spite of my advanced years, I still feel I am only a learner. However, I am at a stage now where I am not looking for more advice but for more life. When I worked in a Christian bookshop I sold hundreds of books on prayer. I am fairly...

One Pearl Is All It Takes

I think that if most of us opened a hundred, or even a thousand oysters, all it would take to convince us of the existence of pearls, would be to find just one. Those who are experts, would no doubt be able to find more than the rest of us. But just one, only one,...

We the Disillusioned

I am a Christian who has been disillusioned and I am very grateful to God for it. Disillusionment is a bit like having a bad tooth out. Not an experience we might hope for, often very painful for a time, but a great relief once it has all healed up again. And I am...

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