Tag: Suffering

April 11th 2020: Psalm 142

Psalm 142 A maskilof David. When he was in the cave. A prayer. 1 I cry aloud to the Lord;     I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. 2 I pour out before him my complaint;     before him I tell my trouble. 3 When my spirit grows faint within me,     it is you who watch over […]

Things You Learn Lying On the Bathroom Floor

This blog is also forming the basis of a piece I’ve been asked to write for this weekend’s event at the Vatican, Living Fully 2016. This looks like being a fantastic event. I’m sad not to be attending, but very happy to be able to offer this contribution to the discussion and debate.  Things You […]

March 22nd 2016: Luke 22: 39-53

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Have you ever prayed so earnestly that it was as if you were sweating blood? In our comfortable Western context, prayer can easily lack intensity. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place where someone sweated like great drops of blood blood in anguished […]

March 9th 2016: Hebrews 10:1-18

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more’ Today’s is one of the most amazing passages in the whole of Scripture (in my opinion). Jesus gave a single offering for all sin, which was sufficient to satisfy the demands of justice. The law […]

March 2nd 2016: Hebrews 6:13-20

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘…a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul’. Time and time again with these pieces, I find myself drawn to the unchangeable truths of the promises of God found in scripture as opposed to the entirely changeable nature of my feelings and emotional responses to […]

August 30th 2014: Acts 5:27-42

Read Acts 5:27-42 here “Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” His […]

August 15th 2014: Luke 11: 27-28

Read Luke 11:27-28 here He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Will we hear the word of God today? What will we think it is? Will we take it as our moral compass, our way of regulating the life of those around us and “calling to account” those with […]

August 2nd 2014: Luke 22:14-23

Read Luke 22:14-23 here As the story of Jesus’ betrayal and suffering draws on inexorably. we are faced with the odd scene of the Passover meal among friends, after which Jesus knows He will be handed over to His death, and the mysteriously, powerfully symbolic with hindsight utterances commanding the disciples, and us, to eat […]

July 29th 2014 Luke 21:5-19

Read Luke 21:5-19 here “By your endurance you will gain your souls” At any given time, if we were to study the world news carefully, we would find Christians being persecuted. As things are at this particular moment, this reading feels especially apposite. I’ve already written this week about standing with those who are suffering […]