Category Archives: Life observations

Adjusting to a desert journey

I was wondering to myself, as I trimmed my beard earlier in the week, just how long a desert prayer journey might take. For those who read any recent blogs of mine, I have been following a spiritual nudge from … Continue reading

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Turning 50 and thankful!

On the cusp of my 50th birthday, feeling quite content and expectant… I think over my different decades and see times of growth and change, spiritual milestones, failures or obstacles I overcame, stages of family life, the clear hand of … Continue reading

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Learning from the Desert Fathers

I was in prayer at the Beacon, at the start of the busy after Easter season of activity. I was preoccupied and trying to quiet my heart to listen to God. Suddenly in my mind’s eye I could see myself … Continue reading

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The desert place (desert musings 2)

I confess that I have never been to a real desert. I have an idea of what they are like, from biblical stories and from natural history documentaries on TV. However I suspect I greatly underestimate the rawness of such … Continue reading

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Brief pilgrimage to Iona

It’s been two years since I finished a sabbatical. And two years later I now find myself visiting Iona on pilgrimage, an idea which was seeded in me those months ago. With our children on Christian camp and my wife … Continue reading

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Reflecting on summer sabbatical time

Most of us measure time in segments – seasons, years, holidays, birthdays. Often individual months can drift by without sensing their importance for us or being aware of how we have used the time. The summer of 2014 will be … Continue reading

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A change of pace

A change of pace for me for the next few months! After 16 years as a Methodist minister I am just now taking a three month sabbatical. The time never seemed right before but, after various prompts, it feels a … Continue reading

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