Category Archives: Devotions and Reflections

Don’t Spurn Leftovers or Recycled Food. It Might be Just What You Need!

We had a failed peach cobbler this week: too doughy. Unfortunately, I’d also doubled the recipe!  So I looked online for some inspiration and decided to slice up a few pieces, then fried them. But they were too greasy for … Continue reading

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Humour in the Bible

We’d gone to a production in the school hall. A well-known playwright from the big city had directed it, but imagine our delight when we saw that he’d cast our next-door neighbour perfectly… as herself! Idiosyncrasies that we saw daily, … Continue reading

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Memories of Mothers’ Day

On Mother’s Day in 2021, we were able to do the usual thing at our church, and honour the mothers in person, unlike last year, when we were confined to our homes, and had to celebrate online. Now, in all … Continue reading

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What would we do without them?

Sometimes I wonder how the economy would run without the people who work for nothing. If volunteers suddenly downed tools and went on strike, would services and  industries grind to a halt? Well, it’s not likely to happen because volunteers … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want to Droop!

In my precious old secretaire, there are two small things that I’m keeping for posterity. I think they’ve been with me since I was married! I recently went to my desk and held them in my hand, running my fingers … Continue reading

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A Reward for the Fisherman and the Shepherd

Let’s think about the final event the apostle John wrote in his story of Jesus. It’s interesting that he used a similar scene to the one he described near the beginning of his gospel. The first was on the beach … Continue reading

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Rain on the Roof

Babies suck their thumbs, or carry a favourite blanket until it’s a mere scrap. Food is a comfort for some people, while others enjoy a warm drink for relief. Many go shopping to boost their contentment-levels.  As a child, I … Continue reading

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Hope Deferred Makes the Heart Sick

I’ve often felt sorry for Hope. It’s up there with the best, but rarely gets a mention in sermons. Faith, yes. And Love? Well, it’s the best! But Hope… it seems like a second cousin to Faith, as if it … Continue reading

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Seeing Past the Brick Wall

In my 2015 post, A Brick Wall by the Family Tree, I lamented a lack of information about my husband’s maternal aunt, Irene May Hampton. Her line stopped at her 1926 marriage to Ernest Joseph Sheppard, a bachelor, we’re told. … Continue reading

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How are you, Nanni?

‘How are you, Nanni?’ I watched our dear little great-grandson talking to his paternal grandmother, and although she was far away from him, he could hear her and even see her as she waved to him from her hospital bed. … Continue reading

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