Consider this

When you stand at the foot of the cross Consider this An innocent man is convicted And tortured to death He wasn’t the first And won’t be the last His execution is political Protecting the status quo Because fulfilment of prophecy Gets people excited And it’s all nonsense, right? Nobody really works miracles No matter…

The origins of Easter

It’s that time of the year when shops are selling chocolate eggs, bunnies, and various other chocolate animals. (You can get an Easter Bilby in Australia.) Churches hold special services, and nominal church goers make one of their twice-yearly visits. At this time also, the internet gremlins come out to shout that Easter is a…

The dilemma of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who opposed Nazism before and during the second world war. He spoke out against the treatment of Jews and was very concerned about the influence of Nazism on the German church, leading to what was known as the Deutsche Christen church. Opposition to Nazi infiltration of German churches led…

My warrior

Backed into a corner with no way out On your knees and in despair He comes Not like a movie hero Wearing cool clothes and cracking one-liners Not in a blaze of magic or a hail of bullets None of that nonsense But still, He comes And before you know it You’re walking out of…

All I want for Christmas

We never wrote to Father Christmas It wasn’t the thing to do If I was to write a letter It’s Jesus I’d send it to Lord, restore my health And so restore my life Give me some patience and kindness To weather the world and its strife   Open eyes with which to see Who…

The Gift

Wise men saw a star in the east And went looking for a king A shot in the dark A journey of faith Wise men found a child And knew him for the lord of all But they did not know That their gifts could not match his   His gift was shiny like gold…

Remember at Christmas

It’s hard to take, for those alone All the appropriate feelings Happiness, good cheer, family and friends Smiles make pain scream all the louder So share your Christmas blessings With the bereaved, the sick, the sad Shine a little light in their darkness At the birth of grace Give hope to the hopeless God came…

Flowers

In the empty caverns of an empty soul Something echoes, a sad sound Is it fear that current plans will fail Is it conviction that all plans must fail Immaterial Time to sing a new song Time to fill the empty caverns With music of the heart Time to plant seeds of faith And grow…

Home at last

I am a stranger in this place A traveller on a journey home I carry nothing. It wouldn’t do To be burdened with inconsequential things Baggage can be discarded Pride and all folly Are excess on this final flight A new beginning, and I feel a thrill of anticipation A lifelong promise soon to be…

Elf help – when you need a little love

In 1987 a small book was released by Abbey Press, called ‘Be-Good-to-yourself Therapy’. Written by Cherry Hartman and illustrated by R.W. Alley, this booklet included whimsical drawings of an elf with a candle in his hat going about his day, with thoughts and suggestions about being good to yourself. Over thirty years and multiple books…