Longing and regret

It is said that one of the most popular songs played at funerals is Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way.’ With the end near the singer reflects: ‘Regrets I’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention.’ They are blessed indeed who only have a few! Anyone who aspires to a better life or who [...]

The reward of praise

Psalm 150 Have you noticed that for many authors and composers, one work in quite different   from all the others? To back up my thesis, I give you Shakespeare’s Tempest and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeoman of the Guard. The Bible too has that rather strange book of the Revelation. Also, in any anthology or [...]

Living Words

  Psalm 30 Last weekend was exceptional.  It also didn’t rain at the Glastonbury. Music Festival! And so, it was in warm sunshine that Barry Gibb, the surviving Bee Gee, sang:     It's only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away Well, since then I have had a week [...]

We are Star Dust!

WE ARE GOLDEN We are stardust, we are golden We are billion year old carbon And we got to get ourselves back to the garden” Crosby, Stills, and Nash.    Amazing God, when you took Abraham by the hand and showed him the depths of the heavens and the endless stars whose numbers none can [...]

Song of Joy

Psalm 100   I surprised myself last Sunday by sitting down and watching the last hour of the Ariane Grande concert from Manchester. Although I knew few of the artists or their songs, it was clear that the audience did. And so, despite that this great musical event as the result of the evil atrocity of [...]

Why bother being still?

  Psalm  1 Mark 1.29-39   I well remember on being on watch many years ago at sea during the night. To break the monotony, I burst into a song. For some now forgotten reason - it was ‘rock of ages’. Frank, our Chaplain, happened to be on the Bridge at the time and remarked [...]