For many years now, Megan, our kids and I have had the privilege of sharing our house and dining table with many people who are not like us. And these beautiful people, all with different stories, have taught me, stretched me, grown me and blessed me in so many ways. They have deposited far more … Continue reading Exiles Welcome!
Sky, sound and steps
I sit oustide tonight in the peaceful backyard of my temporary housing. I look up to the sky. I don’t see the stars, but thank God I don’t see fire and smoke. No bombs are being dropped in my neighbourhood. I am a fortunate human being. I am thankful and yet stirred! I hear the … Continue reading Sky, sound and steps
Thank you Alan!
Late on Christmas night in 2006 I was in my house alone. It was a painful first, which comes with the fracturing of families. My mobile phone rang. Someone who didn’t know me all that well, but who had stood by me in difficult times, was on the line. Calling from interstate, he wanted to say … Continue reading Thank you Alan!
We’re all human at the end of the day!
I’m sure most of us have been on the “Bol bandwagon” this past week. And rightly so! Peter Bol’s success has enchanted the nation and will be a long-remembered highlight of the Tokyo Games for many of us. But behind three courageous 800m runs this past week is a beautiful, but challenging story. One that … Continue reading We’re all human at the end of the day!
Stuckness. That feeling I’m sure we’ve all experienced in the stretching COVID season. In a meeting on Thursday, a Sydney colleague commented: “Just when I thought we were getting beyond this, it’s back”. The Melburnians on screen didn’t need to say a word. We know too well what a ticket on the emotional rollercoaster called lockdown … Continue reading Sludge seasons
The ageing clock
Like so many of us in this strange and stretching season I won’t get to see my Dad for Father’s Day tomorrow, but my heart will surely be with him. Tomorrow he will wake for his first Father’s Day without my Mum at home by his side. As the ancient wisdom writer penned “there is a … Continue reading The ageing clock
We begin a season of heightened restrictions in Melbourne again tonight. How might we respond? With authenticity: Embracing the emotional rollercoaster of these unusual days, reaching out to others and valuing the support of others speaking into our lives. With lament: Seeing afresh the pain and tragedy of this pandemic across the globe and praying: “God help … Continue reading Lockdown opportunities:
Staying the course!
It was one of those special moments to bottle! After two seasons of basketball and playing his last game before feet surgery this week, Arli found himself at the free-throw line with his mighty U10 Whitehorse Mustangs. Despite giving his best and loving playing with his friends, Arli hadn't scored a basket in more than … Continue reading Staying the course!
Bonjour! I’ve crossed borders for a few days and arrived in the enchanting Chamonix-Mont Blanc where I can't complain about the view from my lodging. I've sought tonight to put my extremely limited and rusty French into practice. Hopefully my hiking plans will be more successful tomorrow given the looks I . received from a … Continue reading Bonjour!
Happy birthday Arlington Amos!
Happy birthday Arlington Amos Pilgrim! Beautiful boy, your Mum says that from the first moment she saw you she knew you looked like your Dad. Now sorry son, there is not a lot I can do about that! People tell me regularly you look like me, so let’s assume [particularly on your birthday] that they … Continue reading Happy birthday Arlington Amos!