We're going on a treasure hunt...

Found this etching on the sand yesterday at Dinas Dinlle. Reminded me of the Mustard Tree as I had just written a reflection for Sunday on the Matthew parables of the mustard seed, the yeast, the pearl, the hidden treasure and the fishing net. The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl : Matthew 13:31-33 & 44-46 Most of us enjoy a treasure hunt. You start off with a clue which, if you can solve it, leads you to the location of the next one – and so on until you uncover the final treasure, or arrive at your destination and claim your prize. Some of you may remember Aneka Rice flitting about in a helicopter in pursuit of her prize. Most of us did it on foot or maybe in cars. In a way, t

Take Me to Your Leader

Wednesday, July 15th M.C.P. The woman tempted me, Said Adam, and I fell. Had she not been so kind I would have had to do it all myself And take the blame. Don’t tell, Not Eve, nor anybody, But it’s worked out rather well. W.S,Beattie It starts with a woman as the villain of the piece in Genesis and ends with a woman as the whore of Babylon in an apocalyptic fantasy in Revelation. If that seems offensive, just stop and think a moment. They say most countries' histories are written by the victors in any society. It is also true that most histories are also written by men. The Bible is no exception - which may explain why women are often portrayed as the bad influences on the heroes of the Old

Rights or Privileges?

Wednesday, July 8th Banksy's tribute to the NHS Last weekend there was a further clap for the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of the National Health Service. It took a long, hard, political struggle to achieve a consensus in Parliament, but Nye Bevan fought for what he believed to be every Briton's entitlement. That belief was echoed later in the same year (1948) with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. In its preamble, the Declaration asserts: "recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world," Like the creation of the NHS, this was no doubt a reflect

Angels with dirty faces

Wednesday, July 1st Willow Den social time Children can be little angels who can melt a grandparent with a look or – before lockdown – a hug. But let’s not forget that most of them are capable of being little monsters at certain times. Looking at a passage in Matthew 11:16-19, Jesus seems well aware of that as he compares his critics responses to both John the Baptist and his own lifestyles as like that of children who are annoyed that other children won’t toe the line and behave according to the rules they have invented. Even so, Jesus goes on to reflect that children have special access to insights of heavenly truth not granted to the learned and wise. What exactly was Jesus getting at? Pe

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