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December 6, 2019

Three weeks ago today, my fourteen year old son was assaulted.

In the playground at the end of the school day, a boy in his year took off his coat and laid down his backpack.  My son was facing in the opposite direction. This boy ran at full tilt toward my son and punched him hard in the back of the head. As he staggered to regain his balance, his assailan...

November 24, 2019

I am constantly astonished by what my children remember and how they remember it.  

In 2014, after I had asked the children's father to leave, I decided I would pull up the very old carpets in our house.  Rumour had it that there would be beautiful oak flooring underneath in the manner of all the houses in our 1950's neighbourhood, and I had long want...

October 18, 2019

Praise is like a hot air balloon. Thankfulness for all that we do have - and principally for Jesus Himself - raises us above our circumstances and gives us a clearer view.

Immediately we get context:

"Oh look there's a lovely village over there."

"Oh look it's not all boring motorway at all!"

"Wow, these trees are part of a huge wood!" 

"There i...

October 9, 2019

Right?  I think there are very few sitting up in an attic feverishly typing away trying desperately hard to pervert truth.  Heresy is much more subtle and unintentional than that. We are the frog sitting in the pot of cold water not noticing the heat increasing until we're boiled alive.

How can we stay aware of our vulnerability to it?  I th...

September 4, 2019

We are truly brilliant at focusing on things that aren't there:  

"My life is not this..."

"My partner is not that..."

"My children aren't..."

"My job isn't..."

"My parents never..."

"My figure is not..."

And we lament and wish and hope and dream...

Meantime, that old clock keeps on ticking. Can you hear it?

When I was in my twenties and exploring the co...

May 16, 2019

It's been a bit of a week: GCSEs have started in earnest for my daughter; my son's bullying continues apace at school (with seemingly little intervention from authority); and I have been battling with my wounded thumb.  

It is remarkable how much you need your dominant thumb.  Pulling cards out of your wallet, turning the door key, holding a pen, typing/te...

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