Autumn “snow” in London 5 October 2022

Autumn “snow” is piling up fast in London 5 October 2022. Please scroll down.

Are you a prisoner?

Is there a person who you constantly and obsessively want to please? Take care. You may have become their prisoner.

Photo: Hasan Almasi

The Miracle of Reading

“Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude” – Marcel Proust. Please scroll down

Photo: Kourosh Qaffari – Thank you

The Queen’s Passing. A Reflection and a Prayer. ✝️

Our Saviour Jesus Christ

May the following Reflection and Prayer by the Revd Canon Graham Thompson, President of the Methodist Conference, 2022-2023, and published on the internet, be a channel of God’s Grace to all who read it. To God be the glory. ✝️

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The Reflection

“…More than anything, I was (and am still) moved by the playing of a lament on the bagpipes at the end of the service. It confirmed that the Queen has left us. Also that, one day, we will do the same, for not even those of royal estate can escape an earthly death. But, like the Queen, we are invited to receive the gift of eternal life if we will put our trust in Jesus our Saviour. This is what our sister Elizabeth did. We should do the same.”

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The Prayer

“Loving God, we thank you for the life, faith and example of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We thank you that she put her faith in you through Jesus who lived, died and rose again for love of us all. As we remember and give thanks, grant each of us the gift of faith that we too might know the joy of resurrection hope. We ask this in Name of Jesus our Saviour. Amen.”

This reflection and prayer was written by the Revd Canon Graham Thompson. The reflection in this post is part of a longer reflection. We are deeply indebted to the Revd Thompson for his inspiring message.

Quotations printed with the permission of the Revd Canon Graham Thompson. Thank you.

✝️ To God be the glory.

Richmond Park London

“Richmond Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is the largest of London’s Royal Parks, and is of national and international importance for wildlife conservation. It was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park.”Wikipedia

We visited the Park but only had time for a short visit. Here are a few pictures taken today. Please scroll down. Clearly the huge Park will reward a visit of several hours. What a beautiful and precious place. Refreshments are available – see last picture.

Photo John Bartels

Photo John Bartels
Photo John Bartels
Photo John. Bartels
Photo WD
Photo JB

Theology: A Very Sensible Box

Do we trust God and at the same time have many unanswered questions about Him and how He works? Leslie Weatherhead offers us some very sensible advice: Leave those questions in a box marked: “Awaiting Further Light.”

Sensible advice indeed, for “now we see through a glass darkly….” (1 Cor. 13,12)

The late Leslie D Weatherhead C.B.E. M. A. PhD. D. Litt. D. D. was Minister at the City Temple, London. He was President of the Methodist Conference and Hon. Chaplain to Her late Majesty’s Forces .He is the author of many books including “The Christian Agnostic”, where the above advise is recorded.