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Suffering

Until

It’s one of those weeks where looking at the news presents us with a seemingly endless array of pain, injustice and suffering. Thousands lie under rubble in Nepal, repentant and reformed people face death by firing squad, rioting and looting troubles America, and at home politicians fight over who is to blame for poverty and food banks. It’s easy to forget that all of this exists only until. A few weeks ago I was preparing to encourage our community as we gathered to share communion. I started to think over every word in the traditional passage of scripture and the one that stuck in my head was one of...
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Crazy Little Thing Called Love

This year has been a roller coaster for me. This year has contained some of the best moments of my life, and unconditionally the worst too. I wondered whether to write a post about the year; what would I say? Would I dwell on the awesome things, or be swept up in the emotion caused by the bad thing? Would I tone it happy or sad? Would it end on a crescendo of hope or on me crying in a hospital corridor? Then, sat in a movie, it suddenly struck me what the over arching thing that I have learned...
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Come Into My Kingdom

A number of days ago my younger sister, Elisabeth Jobes, was taken to hospital unconscious and unable to breathe. For 18 hours the medics did their utmost, some refusing to go home at the end of their shifts, opting instead to stay and help – even a whole department refused to close for the night. For an equal amount of time an ever increasing number of friends turned the waiting room and hospital corridors into a prayer centre. We took communion in the intensive care waiting room, united not by our membership of any church – four different churches were...
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