Monthly Archives: January 2013

“But you have said…”

  When my son was very ill – the hospital had told us to prepare for the worst – God gave us a verse to rest on. It’s a famous one, well quoted, and often used out of context and … Continue reading

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What are you worth?

I don’t know how it is in other countries, but in the UK at the moment, it feels like ‘the rich get richer and the poor get nothing’, as the song puts it. As an ordinary person, you begin to … Continue reading

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Double trouble?

No teacher in the UK ever forgets the Ofsted inspections they’ve endured. They are considerably shorter these days, but my first was four days long, and we got the famous ‘brown envelope’ announcing its arrival the day before we broke … Continue reading

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He’s watching you!

Have you noticed that when people are embarrassed, they either go very quiet, or else just keep talking and talking. Jacob had taken enough hassle from Laban over the years, then when Jacob tried to get his family away from … Continue reading

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Holding your own

When my kids were young, there was a large extended family living in several houses nearby. They were not the easiest of neighbours, and successive generations had taken it upon themselves to ‘rule’ the streets. And there were a lot … Continue reading

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The burden of evidence

Some years ago, we were burgled while we were away on holiday. They had completely emptied the kitchen, before the partial alarm was set off. Amongst many other things, we lost a complete set of crockery. Well I say complete … Continue reading

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“…but names will never hurt me.”

When I was little and somebody called me names, I was taught to say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” As adults, of course, we know just how damaging name-calling can be, but … Continue reading

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