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Francis Danby, “The Enchanted Castle” (c. 1841)

When I first saw this painting, I was struck by the intensity of its vision, not simply the artist’s but the lingering figure of the woman by the reflecting pool. 491 more words


Unsettled but with hindsight; ok!

Arrived yesterday afternoon – felt a little unsettled and was worried about S getting lost and that I hadn’t realised it was the wrong direction – went straight into the church to say a prayer that she would be ok and not get lost – had no mobile reception at all which seemed to unsettle me a little more, but walked up the hill to where I remembered the signal being ok – text from S to say arrived so that helped! 272 more words


Do I ever lie to myself? Do I believe my own lie?

There were many times when I told myself a lie and believed it, or at the least acted as if it were true. I didn’t like that about myself, so I made a checklist to help me stop lying to myself and help me stop believing my own lies. 287 more words



Matthew 16:18 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 319 more words


What Happened Afterwards

He did a good job. I applauded him.

The word came across strong and clearly. There was enough in it for me to take something and think it through afterwards and I was already thinking of how I could converse about it with others afterwards. 296 more words


The Depth of Our Brokenness

Somewhere around nine months ago, the media exploded with a story about Ferguson, Missouri (a town I didn’t know existed until August), and the world’s attention was turned towards the massive gap between races that few people seemed to have noticed before. 643 more words