Mother Nature And Other People

Mother Nature: I love the idea of Nature as a mother, don’t you? It’s such a warm, cosy feeling to think that there’s an anthropomorphic personification looking after the natural world (and us, too: we’re part of the natural world, like it or not) in the same way as a stereotypical mother looks after a stereotypical family, with food, shelter, sustenance of mind and body … Continue reading Mother Nature And Other People

Why Lent might be a good time to start again.

It’s springtime, and the shops are full of Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and hot cross buns. It’ll be Easter Sunday on 21st April 2019, and houses all over the land will be full of children chasing after eggs, parents cooking lamb or turkey, and a lot of talk about the new season in clothes, TV and weather. Easter is a natural time for new beginnings. … Continue reading Why Lent might be a good time to start again.

Hibernating for Humans: Settling down for the Winter

The tree came down this weekend. It was actually quite a quick process to de-Christmasify the house this year. I didn’t put a lot of Christmas decorations up, some of what I put up I have left as Winter decorations and some of my decorations were edible ones (sweets, nuts and oranges) that disappeared over the season anyway. So here I am on the first … Continue reading Hibernating for Humans: Settling down for the Winter

All is Calm, All is Bright: Love

For a Christian, the most wonderful thing about Christmas is the idea that God so loved the world that he sent his son to work wonders on it, to save us from ourselves, and to bring us back into a relationship with God himself. To me, that seems a crazy amount of love. And that he chose to send Jesus as a little, helpless baby … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Love

All is Calm, All is Bright: Miracles

miracle /ˈmɪrək(ə)l/ noun plural noun: miracles an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency. “the miracle of rising from the grave” synonyms: supernatural phenomenon, mystery, prodigy, sign “his first miracle was to turn water into wine” a remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences. “it was a miracle that more people hadn’t been … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Miracles

All is Calm, All is Bright: Waiting

I am not the world’s best at waiting. I don’t hold secrets well, and when I was younger used to drive my brothers wild by taunting them. A lot like the Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooged. I’m so glad I wore my pretty dress. But these last few days before Christmas, especially for me and anyone else who started and finished organising early, are … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Waiting