Word gets around

Word gets around

Eugene Peterson describes imagination as “the capacity to make connections between the visible and the invisible, between heaven and earth, between present and past, between present and future.” Imagination isn’t making things up. It is seeing things that are and understanding that they are more than they appear.

A story of moving boxes

A story of moving boxes

In this season of Eastertide, I am grateful for the I am statements from John’s Gospel. Christ says: I am the bread of life, the light of the world, the door and the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life and the true vine and the way. In each metaphor, he gives us something concrete and familiar to grasp and something more.

Black and white

Black and white

In our daily lives – planned and unplanned, noisy and still, black-and-white and beautifully greyscale – we are all trying to make pieces fit together. It is good to hear stories of those who have asked questions before us, and in the answers, see how the pieces might fit together.

A new season

A new season

He and I have both been looking forward to this new stage. All summer, he has been excited about “big school” where he could spend the whole day with his friends and even eat his lunch. I’ve been looking forward to the luxury of empty hours to spend as I like and the ability to focus without interruption. From both sides, it looked like bliss.

Look both ways

Look both ways

Families, with their sprawl of generations, are two-headed beasts, too, I suppose. The older members look into the past while the youngers sprint for tomorrow. Like the original Janus, we are all pulled in two directions and whichever way we look, we are strained by time’s demands.

Wild
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Wild

Over the month of June, we’d been participating in the Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild Challenge. Each day, we committed to do – or see or find – something wild. It didn’t need to be ambitious; it could be something right on our doorstep. The point was to notice.