This Tide and Every Tide

| December 26, 2018

My Boy Jack “Have you news of my boy Jack?” Not this tide. “When d’you think that he’ll come back?” Not with this wind blowing, and this tide. “Has any one else had word of him?” Not this tide. For what is sunk will hardly swim, Not with this wind blowing, and this tide. “Oh, […]

Chaplains and the Victoria Cross

| December 24, 2018

Spiritual and Immediate Care of Their Soldier Flock There is with each step wandering fields of conflict encounters with a difficult past. Every visit has its encounters, perhaps a landmark rebuilt, a crater filled with water, a reused bit of rail, a bench, memorial, cemetery, statue, a fragment, a trace, an energy. Each place offers […]

Not in the face of the enemy

| December 23, 2018

George Cross Recipient: John Rennie On 24 September 1940 the George Cross was instituted by King George VI for acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger* not in the presence of the enemy. It is the second highest award for gallantry and follows the Victoria Cross […]

And the leaves of the tree…

| November 10, 2018

…were for the healing of the nations Revelations XXII.2 Today we gather our thoughts before the day ahead. Tomorrow…what will we feel…what is to be…? Still – this day, is a chance for gathering our thoughts before the morrow…it is a chance to pause previous to the emotions of the current ending. I often speak […]

Dancing On My Own

| November 9, 2018

For the pilgrims… The bells are striking nine this morning in Ieper (Ypres) as we sit amongst the goodness of this a.m. feasting. The morning window is fresh and, through its clarity, I see the stretching greenery in search of rejuvenating sunlight. I struggle finding my thoughts this morning but happen upon a phrase to […]