I am not at all sure how it came to be that I was on The Surface; someone must have given me wrong directions. I had been there a few times before, in the inexperienced days of youth, but I had not remembered how unpleasant it is. I am not, of course, alluding to the… Read More A Disagreeable Adventure: Flash Fiction
Today is what we Orthodox call Judgement Sunday or Meatfare Sunday. Judgement Sunday because we reflect especially today on the fact that we will all stand before God in Judgement in Christ Jesus’ glorious and awesome Second Coming. Meatfare Sunday because this is the last day on which we can eat meat before the fasting for Great… Read More Prayer: Great Orthodox Christian Quotations, Part Four.
Sometimes – often, actually – I can be proud. Other times, I can feel so mired in the pit of my sinfulness that it’s hard to approach God (though I know we should never let our sins stop us from turning to God and running into the shelter of His loving arms – it’s when we… Read More Sin, Mercy, and Love: Great Orthodox Christian Quotations, Part Three.
I had a revelation today. Thinking, while walking to the supermarket, my world turned upside-down! I’ve struggled with self-image for a long time. I remember being about twelve and my friends held a voting competition on who had the nicest hair. No-one voted for my hair, which hurt, but what hurt more was that my friends… Read More Rejecting Society’s Idea of Beauty
However much we might like drama and unpredictability in novels or films or TV shows, most of us want peace and reliability in the relationships in our lives. Yet, from time to time, something happens that rocks and shakes a relationship (whether with a family member, or a friend, or a spouse, or a boyfriend/girlfriend),… Read More What can we learn from relationships going wrong?
I think there’s still a lot of stereotyping and denial in the Christian world about what lust is and who participates in it.* “Girls don’t lust” – this is only beginning to break down. “Lust is pre-marital sexual activity, masturbation, pornography, sexual fantasy” – well yes, but lust is a lot bigger than that. Lust… Read More Sex Is Not The Problem (Lust Is) – A Review
Why is this blog called ‘the flower of the grass’? Because I have always been particularly struck by the Biblical verses about the ephemeral beauty of the flower e.g. Isaiah 40: 6-8 ‘The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the… Read More Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Bless ye the God of heaven, give glory to him in the sight of all that live, because he hath shewn his mercy to you. For it is good to hide the secret of a king: but honourable to reveal and confess the works of God.” Tobit 12:6-7 I was working in the Bodleian earlier… Read More The Things We Take For Granted…