Posted in Bishop of Grantham, Church of England, Humour, Jesus, Life, Lincoln Diocese, TV

All Revved up! (via Bishop Tim Ellis’s Weblog)

A great review and I agree – ‘Rev’ was hilarious and realistic – not too sure about the archdeacon character at the moment though…

All Revved up! At last! At long last! A television rendition of a Church of England parson that actually bears some resemblance to real life. I was brought up on ‘All Gas and Gaiters’ and ‘Oh Brother!’ with Derek Nimmo starring and knew even as a small child that they didn’t really depict the reality. Along comes ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ which was amusing and at least a sympathetic attempt to portray a woman priest, but even this with the splendid Dawn French was … Read More

via Bishop Tim Ellis’s Weblog

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Posted in Life, Poem

‘You are Mine’ (via fragmentz)

I’m left speechless. A powerful poem. Thank you.

You Are Mine

Tears fall, streaming down her face, as she curls up on the floor, believing that for her, it is the only place, because she does not deserve any more. She wraps her arms around her chest, to try and ease the bruises and the pain, lying there, very still, with no energy to protest, fading into the carpet, like a stain. Ignored, unseen and trampled on, by the people who walk over with no cares, feeling filthy and ashamed, finally she … Read More

via fragmentz

Posted in Christmas, Jesus, Life

Christmas is coming (via Nick Baines’s Blog)

I love this poster it’s really eye catching and Nick Baines’s blog really makes you stop and think about it….

Christmas is coming How predictable! ChurchAds.net comes up with a striking image for the Christmas poster campaign and the responses could have been written before they were given. First, the poster: As I discovered last December, speak about the reality of the original Christmas events and you invite the piling of ordure on your head. After all, they say, who cares if the Nativity narratives of the Gospels get confused with Cinderella and the pantomime stories? Th … Read More

via Nick Baines’s Blog

Posted in death, Disability, Funeral Poem, grief, Jesus, Life, Love, Poem

This Child of Mine

  by: Edgar A. Guest, Source Unknown

“I’ll lend you for a little while
A child of mine,” God said,
“For you to have the while he lives,
And mourn for when he’s dead.

It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three;
But will you ’till I call him back
Take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
And, should his stay be brief,
You’ll have his lovely memories
As a solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return;
But there are lessons taught below
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over
In search for teachers true;
And from the throngs that crowd life’s land,
I have chosen you.

Now, will you give him all your love
Nor think the labour vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
This lent child back again?”

I fancied that I heard them say:
“Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joys Thy child will bring
The risk of grief we’ll run.

We’ll shower him with tenderness,
We’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known
Forever grateful stay.

But should Thy angel call for him
Much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.”