Archive for May, 2014

Bnw8VRaIYAEfnm1.jpg-largeLife is a constant journey and process of reorienting ourselves to our context and circumstances.  The moment we cease to be open to this possibility and convince ourselves that stability of life or thought is normal, we become slaves to fear and grief and fail to encounter neither the painful reality of the unknown nor discover the joyous beauty of new creation hewn from discomfort and disorientation.

Those who exhibit courage, tenacity, humility and grace to grapple with the unexpected, the unprepared for, the surprising and the unwanted will plough new depths of their soul and, if patient and vulnerable enough to invite others into their struggle, will inspire and give permission for them to embrace a narrative of rebirth too.

I am grateful for several friends who have modelled this grace, honesty and vulnerability to me in profound ways these past couple of weeks.

ImageA team of creative thinkers has put together a useful resource called Faith in Food banks which helps groups reflect on this rising phenomenon.  This piece of work, the first of a series of three being pulled together by the Joint Public Issues Team, is geared towards helping Jesus followers (in the main) think about why they might be running (or thinking about running) a food bank.  I think this kind of stuff is vital because whilst it is imperative that we look after the vulnerable, it is also crucial that we look at the bigger picture and ask deeper questions about what food banks say about people, communities and God.

The Mission Theology Advisory Group that I am part of, has also done some work on the theology of food banks. This somewhat more lengthy piece of work offers quite a thorough investigation and is a complementary addition to JPITs resource and is available to download via a link on the right of their page..

I have sometimes used this version of Psalm 23 which is re-written to relate specifically to the workplace.  Whenever I use it several people always ask for it, so I thought I would post it here.  To be honest I only found it by chance and although I have tried, I cannot see who has written it.  If anyone knows, please feel free to add a credit.


The Lord is my boss, and I shall not want.

He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.

He gently reminds me to pray and do all things without murmuring and complaining.

He reminds me that he is my source and not my job.

He restores my sanity every day and guides my decisions, that I might honour him in all that I do.

Even though I face absurd amounts of emails, system crashes, unrealistic deadlines, budget cutbacks, gossiping coworkers, discriminating supervisors, and an achy body that doesn’t cooperate every morning, I still will not stop…..for He is with me!

His presence, His peace, and His power will see me through.

He raises me up, even when they fail to promote me.

He claims me as His own, even when the company threatens to let me go.

His faithfulness and love are better than any bonus cheque.

His retirement plan beats every pension there is!

And, when it’s all said an done, I’ll be working for Him a whole lot longer…..

and for that, I bless his name!