Monday, May 25, 2009
tackles and rifles the ball in from 24 yards securing the top goal
scoring spot for the season - and doesn't get a mention on Match of
the Day last night. Outrageous!!
The injustice :)
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Ok it wasn't on the actual stage but in the more intimate Linbury Theatre in the basement of the Opera House. It was fabulous seeing
Eryn perform with the other kids of her dance class alongside real ballet dancers from the royal ballet.
She loves dancing and it did something deep inside me seeing a real gift in my daughter develop and to see her enjoy it so much.
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Saturday, May 23, 2009
"This has become an important part of my community; I don't come to Faith House to make cups of tea and give out fish finger sandwiches ... I come because I want to be here, I am who I am because of what you share of you with me... together we are community".
Frank chips in, looks around at the 10 or so of us in the room.
"I don't come because of the tea and fish fingers either, I come because it is important that I am with you all as well, you are family..!"
Last week Frank managed to stay behind as we were clearing up after the drop in. "I'd like to pray with you all..." This was not a scam to stay longer and Frank's heart felt prayer of thanks will be a prayer that I will not forget ... ever!
It's really made me think about how mission is not want we magnanimously do for others but is about what we become together, bringing the kingdom into being. This is the reality of 'heaven on earth'.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ringma comments that 'in the daily round of being in a community where one sees faults and weaknesses, where one may fail to respect others' differentness, and where one does not see the realisation of one's ideals, it is so easy to become negative and critical.'
Toleration is not enough - transformation is the goal, In the quiet place one discovers the 'grace for forgiveness , for perseverance and for hope.
Ringma, C. R. (2003:87). Seek the Silences with Thomas Merton: Reflections on Identity, Community and Transformative Action. London: Spck Publishing.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Mohinder's narratives are worth listening to at the beginning and the end of the episodes. The final episode of this season finished with Mohinder talking about what connects us in community. Why? I'm not sure, but nevertheless well written
We are all connected. Joined together by an invisible thread, infinite in its potential and fragile in its design. Yet while connected, we are also merely individuals. Empty vessels to be filled with infinite possibilities. An assortment of thoughts, beliefs. A collection of disjointed memories and experiences. Can I be me without this? Can you be you? And if this invisible thread that holds us together were to sever, to cease, what then? What would become of billions of lone, disconnected souls? Therein lies the great quest of our lives. To find. To connect. To hold on. For when our hearts are pure, and our thoughts in line, we are all truly one. Capable of repairing our fragile world, and creating a universe of infinite possibilities.The invisible thread...?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
On criticism Kierkegaard says:
"I would rather be a swineherd understood by the swine, than a poet misunderstood by men..."
Monday, May 11, 2009
Frank's miracle continue. Once sleeping in doorways, now as the proud tenant of a one bedroom flat he tells us.
"I can't believe it ... I have my own place with everything I need ... I sometimes think I don't deserve it."
It is good to see his smile and something of his life coming together.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We led a weekend's retreat and it was great to introduce Rembrandt and Henri Nouwen's thoughts on the prodigal to a new group of people and to be involved with discipleship at a local level.
Sometimes you visit places and you feel really encouraged.
We came away feeling encouraged today!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
egotism, bodily desires. Using Jesus' anguish in Gethsemane he argues that we will never truly be able to deal with such evil if it seen as external to the self. Willard points out our choice to cultivate such thoughts and feelings or not, therefore we need to take a responsibility for our self.