Most mornings, I get woken up by a symphony of bird-song. Our local area has many mature trees and in all the years I’ve lived there, I’ve never heard so many birds.
One recurring theme that comes up fairly frequently in my work is that of technology use (and abuse).
This Friday marks a very special day in the lives of our graduating year 12 students. Having spent more than 2/3 of their young lives at school, Friday sees them saying farewell to school.
The death of a person, particularly a child, raises a number of really difficult questions.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.A time to be born and a time to die…. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance… (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,4).
Have you ever thought of yourself as a person brimming with gifts that you might be able to offer to a world in need of love? I recently came across this reflection and was really touched by it, so thought I would share it in its entirety. It was penned by Vinita Hampton Wright.
Speaking aloud and verbalizing thoughts and emotions to another person often helps us sort them out fairly quickly or gain a new perspective on the issues. If you’ve never spoken to a counsellor you may have some uncertainties about what happens.
Any married couple can attest that eventually differences erupt. Things that might have been ignored or glossed over during the honeymoon stage can become very annoying.
All relationships go through a “honeymoon” stage. If they didn’t, the human race in western society would probably have died out by now. Falling in love doesn’t require a lot of effort and we see it as a good thing (if we’re single and hoping to meet the right person with whom to spend our lives.)
When a couple marry, expectations are high - their marriage is going to be different! “We aren’t going to fight or disagree… Our love is going to last forever and forever and we’re going to live happily ever after… My partner may have a couple of teeny weeny flaws, but that’ll change soon after we marry… I’m never going to feel sad or lonely again…Marriage is 50/50…”