I wrote the first version of this pantoum in Advent 2018 - and share it publicly for the first time in these opening few days of the Advent season. It's written for all for whom it has been a difficult year:
Our prayer is answered, and God will bring us home -
life's journey's not meant for travelling alone.
Our task, to listen, trust, and connect with God once more,
as God, again, sends the love, peace and hope that is His Son.
A pantoum reflecting on the power of an invitation, the love of friends, and a renewed hearing of the spirit's call to serve when one is healing from the oppressive behaviour of another:
A beautiful invite that mends shattered spirits
as layers of forced burden begin shedding away.
God’s healing touch working, making us whole –
light starts to crack open the oppressor’s doom.
A two voice reflection for Palm Sunday - the first Sunday (in Scotland) churches can be open for worship following the latest enforced closures due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- Voice 1: Someone in the crowd as Jesus rides into Jerusalem
- Voice 2: Someone in the procession back to church as lockdown rules on worship are relaxed
A two voice reflection based on John 12:20-33, the Gospel for this Sunday (Lent 5, Yr B):
- Voice 1: we wish to see Jesus
- Voice 2: we wish to see our neighbour
A pantoum based on John 3:14-21, the Gospel for this Sunday (Lent 4, Yr B)
When Jesus comes to us as an act of love –
we’re used to a society that loves to judge.
In every aspect of our lives – how we look and what we do or say –
life’s a competition – full of hierarchy ladders.
A two voice reflection based on John 2:13-22, the Gospel for this Sunday (Lent 3, Yr B):
Voice 1 – A person reflecting on Jesus entering the temple in Jerusalem
Voice 2 – A person reflecting on Jesus entering the temple that is our bodies
A Two Voice Reflection based on Mark 8:31-38 - the Gospel for this Sunday (Lent 2, Year B).
- Voice 1: Peter
- Voice 2: An unknown voice in modern times
(Written December, 2020 - based on Psalm 118:1-29)
Let me say, “Help me to start the day!”
when I feel all alone, with the whole world to fight;
when all I can think about are bad things I’ve done –
Though the brutal honesty makes me want to hide!
This Character Reflection is based on Mark 1:9-15, the Gospel set for this Sunday (Lent 1, Yr B) in the Revised Common Lectionary. It is inspired by the spirit drawing my attention to the idea that Jesus' first words after his 40 days in the wilderness echo the teaching of John the Baptist.
It is written from the point of view of a bystander in the crowd.
(Written February, 2021
Scripture references: Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13)
It’s humbling to witness Jesus in the wilderness –
He has such strength, such courage, a peacefulness.
No challenge, not even the devil, can break him down –
Just one sharp rebuke removing temptation from His thought.