Friday, 27 February 2009

Help with a technical question

Why if I want to paste text into my posting 'box' in Blogger does the text drop onto the screen below the box and then not appear in my post? Please will someone help me work out how to add large sections of text (such as Rachel's hymn) and then I won't need to type them out?

Thanks dear bloggers wat is brighter than I is...

A new Hymn for Lent from Rachel Parkinson

Something you might want to use or reflect on.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Ash Wednesday Poem

By Michaela Youngson

I feel the gritty reality of ash
beneath my thumb
ready to be placed
with care upon the head of
person, after person,
standing before me.

Each made in God's image.
Each made from dust.
Each with their own understanding, 
view, perspective
on what is taking place.

Eye to eye, soul to soul
words capture a universe breadth 
of creedal wondering
and experience.

I offer the priestly words
content to challenge lifestyle,
affirm mortality, 
offer absolution.

Only when an ash laden thumb
is placed on my head
does the meaning for myself
become clear.

I am limited by linear time,
death will come,
yet caught up also
in the eternal pattern 
of God's creating.

For more poems and reflections on Ash Wednesday visit Abbey of the Arts.

Post Holiday Blues

The difficulty with going away - even when going away has been fun and exciting and given opportunities to fly kites, walk on beaches, watch very rude and hilarious stand up comedians on videos, spend time with relatives and friends - is that one really needs a rest when you get back.

My virtual in-tray (emails, phone messages, mental list of people to visit...) and the mountainous heap on my desk are screaming for attention and all I want to do is sleep. People keep asking me what I'm giving up for Lent - I'm tempted to point them to Jesus word's in Matthew's Gospel about not making a public display of one's abstemious piety - but mostly my glib answer is 'I'm giving up free time'. The workload was full already and now it is somehow meant to absorb the Lenten study needs of three different congregations, my own personal (with help from Christian Aid) 'Journey to Jerusalem' and (with help from the Methodist Church) 'Still Time'.

I know, I know, stop moaning and get on with it - I am trying to give up being grumpy for Lent! So I am not giving up chocolate or wine and this year I'm not giving up shopping - what I need help with is to give up the guilt of never being on top of the workload - any ideas?

Friday, 6 February 2009

Make up your own fab bus ad!

You can join in the fun! You can certainly come up with something funnier than my feeble attempt (above) by visiting Faith and Theology and join in the caption competition there!

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Crumpets and Hot Chocolate

Having just got butter all over my keyboard due to eating a crumpet in close proximity to it, I realise that this is not the best approach to making life go smoothly. I am actually hiding from my daughter who wants me to play a really tedious Dr Who board game with her. I love Dr Who, when watching it, but moving miniature David Tenants around a plastic board is not my idea of saving the universe. Mind you, if David Tenant offered to play I might reconsider.

So, armed with crumpets and hot chocolate - the only breakfast possible on the second day of snowbound, school's closed, wooly socks excitement - I sit and think of all the things I ought to be doing.

The trouble is, sitting and thinking of all the things I ought to be doing makes me feel edgy and suddenly the Dr Who game becomes more attractive. Perhaps I'm caught in a fold in the space time continuum, or am I stuck in a mysterious anomaly - a 'procrastination enigma' into which all good intentions are sucked into an alternative dimension?

Oh heck, now I've run out of hot chocolate. Oh well I'll just have to make another before I write my 'to do' list.

How's your day going?