Ageing gracefully

For much of my life I felt that I was going to this life forever. O.K., I knew that I would have to die someday, but that seemed in the far distant future.

Then 13 years ago, at the age of 59, I had a stroke and came face to face with my mortality. I could have died then.  I also had a blood clot on my lungs which was even more likely to have killed me.  I came out of hospital in a wheelchair but I have largely recovered, to about 80% of my former physical abilities. [Read more…]

Lord I want to dream again

Lord, I want to dream again.

When I have followed my dreams my life has been fulfilled.

When I have ignored  my dreams I have become stagnant.

What do I do now that some of my dreams have come true?

Do I just glory in their fulfilment?

 Do I just rest now that I have passed on my dreams to others?

 

Lord, I want to dream again.

My life is not yet over.

I have not yet run my race.

I cannot retire from life.

I will not sink into contemplation of my achievements — or lack of achievements.

I ask, “What’s next Lord”?

I need to dream again.

 

Sometimes I dream of things I cannot possibly do on my own:

I want to change the world!

I want to meet every need!

I want to put right every injustice!

But I will not be put off by the impossible:

  I will try with all the strength I have.

But Lord,
But Lord, I want to dream again!


I wrote this when I was on a day retreat on Saturday. We were encouraged to be …..
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My new book

sunset book front coverCompassion and Justice

I feel passionate about compassion particularly for the billions who are living in desperate poverty around the world. Extreme poverty can be eliminated if people like you and I say ‘enough is enough’!

But compassion alone is not enough. So many people are exploited by the powerful and the elite and this demands justice for the oppressed. It is not a case of compassionate acts or fighting for justice. It is a matter of compassion AND justice.

I have just published the book “Compassion and Justice” in paperback and in Kindle format. It contains 50 or so of my blog articles about Compassion, Vision, Giving and Justice.

I am not selling this book to top-up my income but to provide funds to expand the campaign of awareness I am involved with. Please support me in my efforts to spread the good news of compassion and in my fight for justice on behalf of the voiceless.

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Smashing cycles of poverty in Jaffna

IMG_4042Can we smash the cycle of poverty and prevent one generation trapped in poverty producing another poor generation? Returning from our visit to Jaffna recently we were overwhelmed by stories which emphasised the importance of education and the potential to radically change lives. In this article I present some anecdotal evidence that sponsoring really works. Ensuring that boys and girls receive a good education really changes the lives of young men and women.

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Sri Lanka 27 years on

Colombo

The modern city of Colombo

I first visited Sri Lanka early in 1988, but have just returned from what must be about my 30th visit. The roots of the poverty relief charity, Kingscare/Karuna Action developed here, and the country has been central to it’s work and vision.

I remember well my first visit. I came with a burden and a dream along with a certain amount of idealism. I knew that God had called me to take some action to relieve poverty which I knew held so many in it’s grip of slavery. I had read every book I could find, both Christian and secular, on the subject of poverty and world problems. I was anxious to find ways that the Church of Jesus Christ could be a blessing to the whole world.

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Confessions of a control freak

2015/01/img_4042.jpgThere is no getting away from the fact that I always want to be in control. But sometimes the Lord puts us in situations where I am not in control at all. Instead of being in a boat heading purposely out to sea I feel like a piece of drift wood at the mercy of the waves upon the beach.
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Return to Jaffna

2015/01/img_3865.jpgWell here we are in Jaffna. We have met so many people that our heads are spinning. We have had lots of rice and curry and are on our second bottle of industrial sized mineral water. Things have certainly changed. Out of a group of 10 people 6 may be on their iPhones at any one time. Photographs are taken by the score for posterity (?). [Read more…]

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