I know, I know, the Christmas decorations are barely packed away. But Lent is looming, and I thought you might like a free taster of this year’s devotional for individuals and groups. Here is the (probably final) cover. Many thanks to all those who have commented on the drafts. Called ‘Broken Bits & Weirdness (but … More Lent Devotions – new book preview!
This year the “lock down” is forcing many of us to be quieter and isolated. Others are facing the pressure of long days with children restricted to home. Some are stricken by money worries or concerns about jobs. May we all find a way to let Jesus set our rhythm. … More There and back again- Look, See, Pray
Here is a round-up of Lent resources from The Reflectionary, with some Holy Week items as well. Enjoy! (And if you like this post, please share it with others who would find it useful too. If each person reading this passes it on to just one extra, that’s a lot of free resources to help … More Last-minute Lent Resources
Walking Home on a Friday Evening Well, that’s it I guess. It’s over. The whole giddy dream is over. I really did think he was The One – I even said it to his face. “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God”, I said. Guess I was wrong. This isn’t like the … More “It Is Finished” – a Good Friday meditation
We reach the climax of the whole story this week as we walk through Jesus’ life and ministry from Christmas to Easter. Linking the Old Testament with the familiar story of the New, we see Jesus as the new Moses, the New David, the one promised from before eternity, the substance of former shadows. And … More The Big Story – Holy Week
The last few leaves remaining on the beech tree. A few survived the autumnal cull, a few more clung on through the frostiest nights… but now it is all over bar the final flutter.
New buds and shoots are forming in the longer light and warmer airs. They will put fresh pressure on old joints, and the “old guard” are already colourfully crisp and comatose. Out with the old, and in with the new! … More Last Rites of Winter? Look, See, Pray
It was early Friday morning when they led us from the cell, and I saw they had a carpenter to crucify as well. … More Good Friday- Look, See, Pray
A dramatic reading of the haunting meditation ‘A Bad Friday’. Join an ordinary man as he goes to watch his friend die – and hear his last words … … More A Bad Friday – Video Meditation
Three Special Days – and One Big Surprise!
Sensory Easter story with felt-board pictures. … More Three Special Days – and One Big Surprise!
Take the piece of cloth (dampened with solvent if using permanent markers) and wipe your picture clean. The cloth now has the stain of sin, just as Jesus took our sins upon himself on the first Good Friday. He became sin for us, to make us clean and restore us in the image of God. … More We Have Marred Your Image in Us