They were at the end of themselves. Their one hope had died. And their journey along the road to Emmaus was a grief-laden trip full of questions, doubt and pain.
“We had hoped” are surely some of the saddest words in the cannon.read more
“Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.”
Good Friday is the day hope was shattered and our language cannot adequately describe the end of hope.
Most of us have known the effects of mental illness in some way. It might be ourselves or a loved one. We might have had a colleague sign off work. We might have felt the shock of discovering that someone who appeared fine on the outside was actually breaking down internally. It’s everywhere.read more
It’s seen as something attention seeking teenagers do.
It’s seen as a preserve of the ‘mentally ill’.
It’s seen as a passing phase, perhaps as ‘nothing serious’.
A fifth of fourteen year old girls have self-harmed.
It’s important to note here, that these are not people who were necessarily trying to take theirread more
I can’t change or control the world around me. But through Christ, I have a choice about how I respond when things are hard.read more
On a day like today – Valentine’s Day in case you’ve missed it – it’s easy to think that love is nothing more than flowers and chocolates between two people who romance one another.
We’ve seen the adverts for last minute delivery of red roses and cards;read more
It’s been buzzing around my head this week like an annoying fly.
Michael Rosen’s famous words from the story “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”
“We can’t go over it.
We can’t go under it.
We’ve got to go through it!”
It got me thinking about our attitude towards mental illness and timesread more
This is the week that contained the most depressing day of the year – apparently.
Blue Monday was worked out by a PR company using the time it’s been since you’ve been paid, bad weather and low motivation levels were combined to try to get people to escape the winter blues and invest inread more
I’d like to invite you to have tea with me, to sit down and share a hot drink with me, right now. Pop the kettle on, and while you’re filling it notice the sound of the running water, feel the weight of the kettle in your hand.read more