Tag Archives: Spirituality

Fragile exuberance of the newly converted

We tend to overemphasise the importance of that which we have just learnt. It’s a good thing too. The exuberance gives a chance for the lesson to work its way deep enough into our being to not be lost. So … Continue reading

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A road trip

When Bilbo Baggins is called by Gandalf out of his safe, cosy hollow he finds that wrapped up in the danger, insecurity and unknowing is a life of purpose, adventure and love. When Jesus walked the earth he kept calling … Continue reading

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Belief

The greatest threat to me is me. There is always hope. Perhaps everything that is important is cloaked in mystery. I am individually known by God. I am neither great nor insignificant. No one is more or less valuable than me. … Continue reading

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Adam

3 nights with Bob and Gracie Ekblad at Mt Vernon, Washington State has been refreshing and enlivening. Their love and hospitality so gratefully received. One of the organisations they lead, Tierra Nueva, provides love and support to the marginalised, especially … Continue reading

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Kindness

It seems there is a kindness and gentle politeness in inner Portland that I have not encountered elsewhere in any city. Here a sign on a dry cleaning shop right between where many homeless live and the reasonably affluent Pearl … Continue reading

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Brotherhood

Pádraig Ó Tuama’s song of lament is haunting. I can not shake it’s effect.  http://vimeo.com/18884039 In a world where success is lauded and the pursuit of happiness and validation is everything, where is there room for lament?  And where is … Continue reading

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Validation

Was most taken by Jock Cameron’s  talk two weekends back that identified some of the many ways men look for validation, for legitimacy and value. It might be in the classic ways such as having money, power, influence, sexual attraction, … Continue reading

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