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Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ Matthew 18:21-22 NIV Comment Have you ever drunk rat poison? I have. Anne Lamott famously wrote, ‘Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison...

(Addressing her shepherd…) “ Tell me – O you who my soul loves, where you pasture your flock, where you make it lie down at noon…..” Song of Songs 1:7 Comment I remember lunch times at college when I would always have half an eye looking out for the guy who is now my husband. The excitement if I caught sight...

Joy

He has taken me to the banqueting hall and his banner over me is love.  Song of Songs 2:4 Comment This is my youngest daughter and her husband!Look at the expression on their faces! Joy and anticipation! We celebrate love in the wedding service and at the reception. If there was a banner over the top table it would be...

Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.  Proverbs 18:15 MES Comment Whether you have been married one or fifty-one years are you still teachable? My wife and I have been married for the 51 years and have done many marriage weekends, courses and other marriage events but still each time we find new things that...

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 NIV Comment E-numbers are substances added to food to enhance flavour, for example. These additives are supposedly not harmful to health – but in relationships, E-numbers can be destructive. I’m talking about Expectations. For example, I may EXPECT my spouse...

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. James 3:9 & 10 Comment It’s so good to worship praising our heavenly Father, extolling his many virtues and thanking...

Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30 Comment ‘Yoke’ is a strange word today which...

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  Romans 12:15 Comment We sat this week and chatted with some friends who are experiencing the excitement of the impending arrival of their first child – at about the same time later this year that our son and daughter-in-law will present us with our second grandchild.  Very different emotions were...

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” Song of Solomon 2:10-13 Comment My...

Jesus asked “What else is the Kingdom of God like?” It is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though she used as large amount of flour, the yeast permeated every part of the dough” Luke 12 v 20-21 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” 1 Cor 13 v...