Peace and Smiles

I feel like I’m sitting down at a piano I haven’t played for years (and mum would point out that I actually haven’t played my piano for years). It’s only been a few months since I last wrote some thoughts down, but things feel different right now. Over the last three years there’s been something…

A New Day

Im starting to love the words “I’m sorry” – and strangely not just hearing the sound of them, but actually saying them…and possibly even meaning them too! It feels odd, but its amazingly liberating to acknowledge that you screw things up and make mistakes sometimes. It takes the pressure off trying to be perfect when…

Ghana

A week in Ghana is really not long enough, I don’t want to leave. But I came here with a mind cluttered with thoughts and stresses and will return home with slightly more simplicity, so for that I am grateful. I hope it lasts. What strikes me most as I start the long drive back…

Vague Ambition

Whenever I write anything I always start off with a title. I may have turned it into an obsessive compulsive thing now, but at first it was simply about giving myself direction. When I was younger I used to think up titles to books I wanted to write all the time. I think I wrote…

Relationship

I’m addicted to movies. I love them. I’m fascinated by watching characters develop and overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams. I love watching the relationship between the different characters and how no one person achieves their goal by themselves, there are always others involved. But it’s always hard, there’s always a struggle – usually with…

Easter Wonderings

Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. I know this to be only too true of life. Two years ago, on the Easter weekend of 2009, I was sitting on the side of a road in Zimbabwe.  I was crying out for justice to be done and feeling pretty angry…

That’s my Grandad

11th February 1926 – 9th March 2011  Cycling down the road towards me is a man with fluorescent orange trousers, a bright blue jacket and a grey wooly hat – even though its summer. Unsurprisingly he’s known around town. As he cycles around a corner he spots a bright yellow treasure chest, full of gold…

It’s just God being God.

Every now and again God does something really profound. Sunday was one of those days. Things haven’t exactly been as easy as pie these last few months. I’ve handed in my notice at work and while I now have an interim plan to keep me from being entirely job-less, there’s still a big question of…

Hope

— Reflection I shared at Staff Prayers — It’s Wednesday morning, for most of us there is more of the week ahead of us than there is behind us. Some of you may have been working for a couple of hours already today, some of you may be appreciating the delay staff prayers offers to…

One.

So as I get ready to go home and get back to life as I more generally know it, I am feeling a little overwhelmed. It is not in the least bit unusual I suppose. But my “fix-it” mind doesn’t cope well with knowing that I can’t actually fix it. The scale of the problem is huge….

Frustrations and Gifts

I’m frustrated. My flight was cancelled this morning. I’ve wasted a day. And now I’m sitting here in a completely drenched airport watching people scooping the water out. Feeling really frustrated. Somewhere inside of me a real sense of arrogance has arisen. “This isn’t good enough” “I expect more than this” “If only they would…

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs EVERYWHERE. Would someone please put my dad on a plane and get him over here?? It’s funny how you can go from feeling like you’re some experienced traveller who can “handle Africa” one moment, to feeling like a 6 year old girl in need of her daddy because she got bitten by…