The Solution becomes the Problem

The comedian Tony Slattery told of his battles with substance abuse, alcohol and depression. What started as the solution to his problems became the problem. Yeonmi was born in North Korea, living under a brutally repressive regime. She was often starving. Her family only survived through her father’s dealings on the black market. He was caughtContinue reading “The Solution becomes the Problem”

The Long and Winding Road

Musing on pilgrimage I remembered the old Beatles song: The long and winding road that leads to your doorWill never disappearI’ve seen that road before it always leads me hereLeads me to your door. Yesterday we heard that Alicia was in hospital with an undiagnosed illness. Clive is home from hospital but unwell. Janet, NevilleContinue reading “The Long and Winding Road”

Pilgrimage – Direction and Determination

As a child I learnt John Bunyan’s words: ‘There’s no discouragement                                                                                       Shall make him once relent                                                                                      His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim‘ Direction: Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ tells of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City. He knows he must leave the City of Destruction: ‘…Whither must I fly? ThenContinue reading “Pilgrimage – Direction and Determination”

Weeping… but Hope

‘By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.There on the poplars we hung our harps,for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?’ Israelites, forciblyContinue reading “Weeping… but Hope”

Invictus… but weeping

Out of the night that covers meBlack as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may beFor my unconquerable soul… William had tuberculosis. He had already had his left leg amputated when he was 16. He had surgery to save his right leg and wrote this poem ‘Invictus’ – ‘unconquered’. By self-discipline andContinue reading “Invictus… but weeping”

God – for, with, in Coronavirus

Coronavirus – where is God? For… Marina works as a healthcare assistant in the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital, treating those with coronavirus. She had bought a car from a dealer. Many things were wrong with it, but the dealer was closed because of lockdown. Darren, from ‘The Little Car Clinic’ stepped in and fixedContinue reading “God – for, with, in Coronavirus”