Saturday, 16 December 2017

Sins will eventually show in our faces

I RECENTLY saw a painting which I cannot get out of my head. By Diana Drew, it is a head-and-shoulders of a woman in a hat but it is ...

 

IT’S very interesting to watch how people deal with the autumn leaves that fall on their lawns at this time of year. Some people just ...

 

Growing gratitude

AS Christmas advertising begins in earnest, and I am aware of the things I don’t yet have but like the look of, I find myself easily ...

 

Let's all be grateful for the gift of peace

WE will remember them. Remembrance Sunday is a difficult and poignant balancing act for clergy and civic leaders. It is absolutely ...

 

Becky, 14, taught me the importance of honesty and integrity

AS a relative newcomer, having arrived here from Chester on midsummer’s day last year, I am glad to have the opportunity to thank all ...

 

We can't change the weather but we can change the world

I’M sure you’ve probably heard the joke about the two elderly men leaning over a gate and admiring the one gentleman’s garden. It was ...

 

Even non-believers can say 'thank you'

THE findings of the recent British Social Attitudes Survey on religion reveal a marked decline in religious affiliation in Britain ...

 

Ageing, death and hope.. you decide

THE start of the new academic year, and the change of seasons from summer to autumn, alerts us to the passage of time and our own ...

 

Try doing the dishes to enhance your life

I REALLY love washing up!  After many years of finding it a chore, that realisation, indeed revelation, has come as a surprise. ...

 

Harvesting gratitude

LIVING in a mainly rural area around Henley, we cannot fail to be aware how farming plays a key role in our community. Perhaps it’s by ...

 

Whatever our belief, we must try to listen

RECENT letters in the Henley Standard commenting on the language and dogmatic beliefs of some of the contributors to the Thought for ...

 

Make more time for prayer, it's not email

EMAIL is a bit of a sore point with me at the moment, having just got back from a two-week holiday punctuated by long email chains ...

 

In the end, money counts for nothing

ABOUT this time last year, I wrote a piece for Thought for the Week in which I quoted the Chinese curse about “interesting times”. ...

 

Compassion, courage and contemplation

A COUPLE of weeks ago, the Anglican Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev Steven Croft, visited our locality and spent time with the community ...

 

IMAGINE your soul as being like the Henley Bridge; many busy times and also a few quieter times. The job of the bridge is simply to ...

 

Silence is prayer too

IT was widely reported back in 2013 that four out of five Britons believe in prayer. Given the decline in church attendance, such an ...

 

Let's welcome those who feel excluded

ONCE again Henley opens its arms to welcome thousands of visitors from home and abroad for another royal regatta. Crowds are drawn to ...

 

Acts of kindness can build a better world

DID you filter the manifestos? Did you hear all sides of the campaign arguments? Do we, like many of those who listened to Jesus, hear ...

 

Will world be better for our children?

WHAT do the quiet voices ask? Today we have a new government. Decisions made in this parliament are without doubt going to be some of ...

 

Ascension means we carry Christ with us

A FEW days before I wrote this column, the Church of God celebrated the great Feast of The Ascension (May 25). I wonder how many ...

 

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