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Posted 18 hours 19 min ago

In a prominent position by the main entrance to Heacham Parish Church, Norfolk, is a gravestone listing the usual details. On its rear, however, is written:

 ‘Let us be judged by our action’

-preceded by a fancy Latin version.

Posted 1 day 18 hours ago

Not wishing to be beaten by last week’s cold, I spent yesterday climbing Helvellyn. This is England’s third highest peak, located between Ullswater and Thirlmere. My companion’s wife fortified us with the usual packed lunches, consisting of cheese sandwiches, pork pies and Tunnock’s Teacakes. We remarked that we were the only climbers that day likely to go home fatter than when we started.

Posted 2 days 18 hours ago

In my little back yard is planted an evergreen honeysuckle. It’s a bit of a thug and bullyboy, clambering over other shrubs and killing them off. Like a bad manager, I let it get away with this for too long, preferring to admire its greenery and pretty flowers. Yet when I did cut it back, I saw the damage done. See how this Ribes bush still bears the scars of the bully’s stranglehold.

Posted 2 days 18 hours ago

Above the Voices of the World

 

Above the voices of the world around me,

My hopes and dreams, my cares and loves and fears,

The long-awaited call of Christ has found me,

The voice of Jesus echoes in my ears:

"I gave my life to break the cords that bind you,

I rose from death to set your spirit free;

Turn from your sins, and put the past behind you,

Take up your cross and come and follow me."

 

Posted 3 days 1 hour ago

The Sands of Time Are Sinking

The sands of time are sinking,
The dawn of heaven breaks;
The summer morn I’ve sigh’d for,
The fair sweet morn awakes;
Dark, dark, hath been the midnight,
But day spring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Immanuel’s land.

Posted 3 days 3 hours ago

I had an email from a dear friend the other day. Some years ago she lost her hearing, eventually becoming quite deaf, so we can’t enjoy a good chat on the phone. Last year she had a cochlear implant, and since then she has been learning to hear again. The hardest part, especially to begin with, was learning which sounds to ignore and which to attend to. It takes a lot of practice.

 

Posted 3 days 18 hours ago

Posted 3 days 22 hours ago

How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place

How lovely is Thy dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts, to me!
The tabernacles of Thy grace
How pleasant, Lord, they be!

My thirsty soul longs vehemently,
Yea faints, Thy courts to see:
My very heart and flesh cry out,
O living God, for Thee.

Behold, the sparrow findeth out
A house wherein to rest;
The swallow also for herself
Hath purchasèd a nest,

Posted 4 days 18 hours ago

Posted 4 days 22 hours ago

None is like Jeshurun’s God

None is like Jeshurun’s God,
So great, so strong, so high;
Lo! He spreads His wings abroad,
He rides upon the sky:
Israel is His first-born son;
God, th’almighty God, is thine;
See Him to Thy help come down,
The excellence divine.