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The sun rose.
I have a gift for you, a perfume I prepared.
I know – it’s pointless, really. But I just want to give You something for all You are, or were to me.
I came to see You. But You were gone.
They had stolen You, even now.
I laid were your bo...

And we sit in the tension:
Between despair and hope
Bondage and liberation
Death and life.

 

The here, but not yet.
The place where you're almost sure it's finished, but you're willing to give just one more shot.
Holding out hope that maybe, maybe thi...

December 24, 2019

It's that time of the year again.


Christmas.


It's the crazy lead up: the mad stress filled shopping trips, where you park 2km away if you get there anytime after 10am.


It's the awkward encounters with family: we really do our best to get along but wi...

December 23, 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year.
But it doesn't feel wonderful to me.
It feels heavy.
The expectations of distant family, where there's so much unspoken history and awkwardness.
We don't have words to fill the silence.
It hangs thick in the...

December 22, 2019

I can’t be bothered to put up any Chrissy decorations. They sit in a dusty box in the shed. Apart from the hassle, I’m just not interested. It’s hot, there’s limited space, hubby's indifferent and visitors are rare. I could go on…

Trying to hang those...

April 9, 2019

“Jesus is Lord!!!”...

This is a common refrain in the Christian world. It usually refers to putting Jesus first in one’s life, serving God’s agenda for making more disciples and leading a holy life above all human desires. It can be used to mean a for...

December 22, 2018

When you think of God as father, what comes to mind? A loving figure? A distant one? Is he merciful? Does he have a righteous and justified wrath? Or is he something more sinister?

The connotations that each of us infer from the notion are as varied a...

December 21, 2018

If you close your eyes and consider a word that gets right under your skin, what do you think of? 

Is it the sound of the word, as it rolls off your tongue that leaves you ill at ease?  My hubby often uses the word “discombobulated". The jumble of con...

November 20, 2017

To step into Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral is to enter a sanctuary of peace away from the parking lot freeways and the constant hustle that is Los Angeles. As the oaken doors solemnly close behind you, shutting out the bright sun of So...

June 21, 2017

In my recent article, Is Believing in Hell Bad for Your Mental Health?, I explored the scientific evidence that belief in hell is a significant contributor to mental illness and can actually cause damage to the brain and heart. I also established tha...

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