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Spoken and unspoken

I tell you this one, so that we can laugh, and turn our backs for another century or so on the graveyards full of other, rotten bodies. Continue reading

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This morning’s prayer is for those carrying their grief under their skin, pricked by memories. Continue reading

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Year B Lent 2: putting a spin on the gospel

One of the good things to come out of the trials and tribulations of Brian Williams and Bill O’Reilly, in hot water over the accuracy of their memories of reporting from dangerous places, accused of polishing their credentials, of burnishing … Continue reading

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Forgive and forget (2)

Last week, I wrote about forgiving and forgetting offences done unto us. This week is all about those who forget what they have done. Does the fact that they do not remember that they have hurt us make it easier … Continue reading

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Nothing, nor anything else

A grace-filled daily reflection from a colleague got me thinking. He was writing about those wonderful words of Paul, which are included in the little rationale for joy and grief coexisting at funerals which is included in our Book of … Continue reading

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How I learned to write poems

She had a tortoiseshell called Puddles who wandered in one day and never left; he watched us deal in words and cookies across the kitchen table. Her husband began to tremble when he walked, and one night my father found … Continue reading

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Do you remember when we tried to work out how old you were by counting the years? They refused to add up to the number you had in your head. The one in the hospital when you asked for clothing … Continue reading

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Collect for the anniversary of a death

Almighty God, whose memory is longer than time; we remember especially today your daughter N. Grant us patience, peace, healing and hope as remember good times and bad; so that even our grief may become an instrument of your grace. … Continue reading

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The Unremembered

The ones who fade away at the back of the newsreel, hungry eyes accusing; The one whose face we never saw, for whom there is no stone or sign; The ones whose warm breath froze in the cold air; the ones who … Continue reading

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Sirens, sharks and sharp rocks threaten shipwreck; gentle waves promise peace; but water bends light, re-shaping and re-sizing, scattering and re-collecting the things that lie below. Playful, silvery creatures flash by in shoals, some tame enough to eat from your hand. Some have … Continue reading

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