A Story of Easter, Grieving and Shepherds

A small faith community in the western suburbs of Perth is grieving the loss of four significant members in as many months. Not only was their participation in the church’s witness and service strong, but they lived the church’s ethos of compassion and inclusion. In the wake of the latest funeral three days ago, weContinue reading “A Story of Easter, Grieving and Shepherds”

Restoring a damaged relationship

An intense, yet tender exchange takes place between two estranged friends in next Sunday’s gospel.One has gone in search of the other, who, guilt and grief-ridden, and not knowing what to do, has returned to his former work. The searching one draws him forth to a fire he has set on the beach and overContinue reading “Restoring a damaged relationship”

Slipping Back into Harness

When I used this phrase to describe my imminent return from retirement to some part-time work, my peer mentors challenged me. “What do you mean by back into harness?” I let my muse respond… What is a harness?A shackle that constricts and restrains?Straps of bondage as heavy as chains?Stifling freedom, restricting one’s way,Muffling one’s abilityContinue reading “Slipping Back into Harness”

Phantoms of the Night

Writing poetry in the middle of the night because reflux is keeping you awake has its nuances, especially when you are on retreat with several mutual mentors who are also therapists! Here’s the poem:Phantoms of the nightGather around my bedWhispering anxieties and “what ifs”They scoff at my commands of dismissalSo perhaps I should befriend them“NoContinue reading “Phantoms of the Night”

Lectionary Haiku 21 April 2022

How often is striving against the odds a context for reaching for resources beyond ourselves? Today’s texts, following the Psalm, portray some contexts. Psalm 150 Last Psalm in the bookFull of praise and thanksgivingSing it out loudly! ************************ 1 Samuel 17:1-23 Shaping up for warBig giant ‘gainst scrawny kidWhat could go badly? ************************ Acts 5:12-16Continue reading “Lectionary Haiku 21 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 20 April 2022

Ancient Hebrew texts reveal both the terror and joy of being known as God’s people – a possibility that is transformed through the Easter story Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Steadfast love enduresSummoning deep devotionof eternal worth. ************************* 2 Samuel 6:1-15 Ark of the PresenceFull of danger and promiseJoyful king dances ************************* Luke 24:1-12 Tomb of theContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 20 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 19 April 2022

If one is in any doubt over gender equity in the sacred texts, let today’s passages put your mind at ease. The tumultuous age of the Judges sees strong initiative by female wile. The feminine principle is equally powerful in the visions of Revelation Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Now is the momentEach day divinely decreedRejoice! BeContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 19 April 2022”