Month: March 2018


On Thursday I had a seizure where I landed face first. This has resulted in numerous cuts and scabs all over my face. Not only has it made me look pretty horrific, but I am also very aware of how I normally respond to scabs. I’m a scab picker, I always have been, but I know that this time I need to use the thought for the week ‘patience’! Edmund Burke says ‘Our patience will achieve more than our force’ which is definitely the case with scabs! By leaving scabs alone they will heal up and disappear without scars whereas with picking it can make them worse.

Patience is definitely not something that comes easily to me, and yet I always appreciate things more when I’ve had to wait for them or work for them. The bible verse this week is from proverbs 14:29 saying “whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly”. That suggests that patience is something that benefits us, and enables us whereas without patience we are quick-tempered and can make mistakes.

The lent challenge for this week is to do something that you found hard last time. How many times have you just given up after giving it a go once and struggling? Patience encourages us to keep trying, even when we think we’ve failed at something. What is there that you have tried, and struggled with, that you gave up on? What could you give another go, what could patience help you with?


Do you worry about what you have, or what you don’t have?

Are you quite possessive or overprotective of things that you have?

What is your greatest skill? What do you do with that skill?

Our thought for the week this week comes from Albert Wells who says “sharing what you have is mor important than what you have”. I love this quote. It really challenged me on whether I focus more on worrying about what I have and being possessive over it or whether I share what I have with others. If I’m completely honest… I think it’s a mixture and probably depends on what the thing is.

Sometimes we can argue that we don’t have much in the first place so how can we possibly share it? But there are plenty of examples within the Bible of those who were blessed more because they gave the little they had. There’s the examples of the widow who only gave a couple of coins, but Jesus said she had actually given more because she’d shared all that she had, whereas people who gave more money it was only a small percentage of what they had. Then there is the Bible story which was linked with the Bible story for this week. A crowd had gathered to listen to Jesus teaching, but it was getting late and everyone was getting hungry but they were far away from any towns. However a young boy came up to Jesus and gave him the food he had, which was 5 loaves and two fish which may not seem much, especially when there are 5000 people there but Jesus was able to use what the boy had given to be able to feed everyone. I’m not going to fully go into the theology of it all here, but it has been suggested that it might not have been that Jesus turned that small amount in to a banquet, but that the crowd saw the boy was willing to share, so they got out their food to share as well – possibly the first bring and share meal!

No matter how we interpret it, the important point is that the boy may not have thought it was much but the boy was willing to share it, and Jesus was able to use it. We may not think that we have much, but if we are willing to share what we have then who knows what Jesus can do with It!

At the beginning of the blog I asked what your greatest skill is, and the reason I asked is because it’s not just possessions we can share but we can share our skills and our talents. We may not think they are much, we may try to hide them, we may get embarrassed, we may think we have worked so hard at them why should we share them with others; but once again by having that willingness to share, who knows what impact we can have, and how God can use us.

The final thing I want you to think about sharing is time. Time is something we can get overprotective about, and yet can be such a blessing to others. There are quite a few examples in the Gospels where Jesus is seemingly trying to get away and get some space for himself or with his disciples and people follow him. He never sends them away, but shares his time, shares his wisdom, shares his power. How do you use your time? Are you willing to share it to bless others?

So I guess the big question to ask yourself today is…. Are you willing to share? Whether that is possessions, skills, or time. Are you willing to share?

Prayer: father God thank you that you were willing to share your son and your Spirit to bless us. Thank you for the example of Jesus who shared his love, his power, and his time with so many people. May we learn from that example, help us to see what our skills are and how we can share them; opportunities to be able to share our possessions; and when we have time that we can share with others to be a blessing. Amen

Challenge: it’s a strange one this week – share your best joke!


Think back over the last week. How often have you relied upon someone else, worked with someone else, helped out someone else? I imagine that’s going to be most, if not all, of you quite often? Cooperation, is our theme this week, and an essential part of all of our lives. We probably all have times when we dream of solitude, independence and just a bit of ‘me’ time but let’s face it, none of us would be where are today if it wasn’t for other people. Whether that’s family, teachers, friends, others play a fundamental part in helping us to become who we are.

I am writing this on Mother’s Day which seems quite appropriate, as we will all have someone who has been that role of mum in our lives, who may have asked us to do things we didn’t want to do, but actually through cooperation led to success.

Helen Keller gives us our thought for the week, which says “alone we can do so little…together we can do so much”. Helen Keller, being deaf and blind, is going to have had to rely on, work with, cooperate with so many people just to get through day to day life, that she really will have understood the importance of cooperation. Our Bible story today really demonstrates the need for cooperation as well. It’s from the second chapter of Mark and tells the story of a man who was completely paralysed. His friends heard that Jesus was in the town and they believed that Jesus would be able to heal him so they wanted to take him. Unfortunately Jesus was surrounded by a crowd so they couldn’t get anywhere near him, so… they put him on a mat climbed up to the roof, and lowered him through the roof. Jesus healed him and the man walked out. Cooperation was essentially, between friends, as well as with Jesus. If it hadn’t been for people working together, the man would not have been healed.

Other people make life so much more interesting, after all we are all different, we all bring different things to the mix. Others help us to see things in a different way. We see this example with God. On Thursday and Friday I was teaching my year 10 group and we were looking at the Trinity and Creation. God could have just done it all as one, but chose to be in relationship, the relationship of Father, Son, Spirit. We see that relationship, and try to reflect that in our lives.

Prayer: thank you for creating us all different so that we need to work with each other. Thank you for showing us how to work in relationship with each other. We pray that we can see how we can cooperate with others each day. Amen

Challenge: look after someone else today.

Kindness is important

Well that’s been a bit of an interesting week hasn’t it? It’s been a week where we have possibly all had an opportunity to complete the ACT for this week… the theme is Kindness is important… and the challenge or act is to help someone who has fallen over. I know that on my two very slow and careful walks to school this week I was close to being the person who had fallen over. The news and social media has been full of stories of people who have helped others if they have been trapped at home, trapped in the car, if they had fallen, or if they’d had an accident. The snow may have made sure we’ve barely had any school this week, it may have created opportunities for sledging and snowman building, but it has also created opportunities for people to show kindness.

The Bible story that goes with this theme is Luke 10:25-37, which is the parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable is told in answer to the question ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ We then discover that the law says ‘to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your strength and with all your mind. And to love your neighbour as yourself’. Jesus is then asked ‘who is my neighbour?’ And Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. If you are unfamiliar with the story, a man is walking when he is attacked and left half dead. A priest and a Levite (people thought highly of) walked straight past. But the Samaritan (considered an enemy) stoped and helped and took him to an inn. The neighbour is the Samaritan, the one who had mercy and we are instructed to do the same.

The thought for the week comes from Michael Watson who says “strong people don’t put others down… they lift them up”. So often it can be seen as the clever thing to do to make comments about other people and to make the feel insignificant, however this is showing us that it takes strength but it’s mor important to spot those people have physically, spiritually, mentally fallen and to do something to help them back up to the level. This may be by physically helping them, or it may be by paying them a compliment, or helping them to see the importance they have in the world.

We all appreciate it when kindness is shown to us. I hate it that people often feel curious when people offer kindness, wondering what they want. Surely kindness should be expected, and I pray that people are not shocked when I show kindness! May that be the case for all of us!

Challenge: act card number 28 Help someone who has fallen over

Prayer: father God we thank you for the story of the Good Samaritan and the lesson it shows to love your neighbour. May we recognise that everyone is our neighbour and may we show kindness to them. May you help us to see those who have fallen in many different ways, and may you be our strength to lift them back up. Amen