Sunday, 19 August 2018

Like a French poet, it’s good to dream

DO you sometimes dream in the dark cold days of winter of having a wonderful summer holiday in some exotic location — inspired, ...

 

It’s all right to be angry with God

EVER since human beings have had the capacity to love and rejoice and laugh, they have also wept and mourned and beaten the ground in ...

 

God gives us faith in difficult times

THERE’S an old expression: “May you live in interesting times.” Sounds like a blessing, doesn’t it? And yet it’s something that might ...

 

Keep family bound together with love

TOWARDS the end of August, the World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin and Pope Francis will be in attendance. The ...

 

We could be happy with fewer ‘things’

THANKFUL and happy or cynical and ungrateful? I have just returned from taking a team out to Malawi in south-east Africa for a ...

 

Christianity has no winners or losers

HOW can a few words do justice to a reflection about life in Henley in July? The Thames has brought us the spectacles of rowing on the ...

 

Like Eva, celebrate the human ‘spirit’

EVA LEWIS is my new heroine, although you may not have heard of her. Eva, who comes from Hertfordshire, celebrated her 102nd birthday ...

 

Saint at beginning of Christian church

BEFORE the publication of this edition of the Henley Standard, the Christian world church-wise celebrated the Feast of St Barnabas, ...

 

Like Eric Liddell, seek public good

IN our busy lives we are so often blinded by the dramatic or ostentatious and fail to appreciate the hidden depths beyond our view.  ...

 

Turn to friends and faith amid change

DURING the months of May and June our gardens look their very best; they are a real treat and a great boost to our feeling of ...

 

It’s the way we live that really matters

QUAKERS from all over the country, with some representatives from around the world, meet together once a year to discuss issues, enjoy ...

 

God exalts those who show humility

ONE day, two men sat watching News at Ten and reflected on their lives. As the programme played in the background, one thought to ...

 

Life is full of right and wrong turns

THE Pope may have ruined your road descriptions. Until now, you may have described a bad day trying to cross Henley Bridge as “utter ...

 

Celebrating Feast of the Ascension

CHRISTIANS believe that about 2,000 years ago God entered the human race by becoming a member of it. He did not stop being God but ...

 

Welcome visitors to our beautiful place

THERE are some beautiful places in our world. Places where we can enjoy the quiet beauty of God’s creation, soaking up its atmosphere, ...

 

Still spreading the word, only faster

RECENTLY I have found it necessary twice to drive along the M25, going in different directions from the M4 and M40 junctions. No ...

 

God is not silent to innocent suffering

WITH so much suffering in the world, surely there cannot be a God. This is the profound response of many who have been surprised that ...

 

Like the plumber of your dreams...

THREE weeks before Christmas last year, our central heating pipework malfunctioned and our boiler broke down. We could not find a ...

 

The old must make way for what's new

I WAS recently given a rather beautiful book entitled Lost Words. Apparently some words, many of them associated with the natural ...

 

Defragmentation

IS your computer sluggish? Frequent use of certain programmes and documents causes pieces of information to be scattered, requiring ...

 

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