I would tell you that God’s story for your life is always bigger than your most painful chapter, or even the one you are in right now. Just because you’ve suffered incredible loss does not mean that your story is over
The boy charmed all the waitresses by telling them how old he was in Italian and singing them nursery rhymes. I felt VERY smug as a parent, which is really what it’s all about, isn’t it?
My July was happy and busy (though it should be noted that I did next to no writing. It turns out I can either live or write, but not do both at the same time). Meanwhile, the world fell apart (Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza), and the Church of England accepted Women Bishops.
We think we know the momentous and portentous events of our lives, because we have them mapped out with the big things – proposals, births, funerals – but love and grief have their own rules, and they funnel their potency into the little details, the ordinary objects of life, so that we are caught unawares by our emotion even whilst we are going about our daily business.
There is a beautiful arrogance in the works of great artists, and I am trying to learn from them. The other day, I drew a picture of my boy. It wasn’t very good, and it made him look like decidedly simian. I frowned, then thought of Picasso: I wrote ‘My child as a monkey’, and signed my name beside it. If in doubt, just change the title and call it art.
My interview for BBC Radio 4 on the topic of being ‘in the world, but not of the world’, presented by John McCarthy
February was characterised by crazy weather and bad health (hence the super-late arrival of this post linking with Leigh Kramer = apologies). I hovered around the suburbs of an ME relapse at the end of January, but by the first week of Feb I realised I was definitely in Relapseville, and promptly cancelled all fun […]
After my piece for Prodigal magazine, Donald McAllister asked me to interview me for his podcast site, Bibledoing.com We conducted the interview over Skype, which I still view as something quite magical. Towards the end of the interview, there is a brief period where my voice sounds a bit like an alien, but it […]