Author: David

Befriending the Darkness

Strategies for coping with lockdown “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given […]

Grafted in Love

A contemplative reflection based on John 15:1-11 In times of struggle, times of transition, times of change, times of grief or loss – so many regular life experiences – it is good to know we can lean on, or ‘lean into’ a community of support: one or more people who care for us can be […]

On Sacrifice

A reflection for ANZAC Day at  he Avenue Church of Christ, 25th April 2021 The conjunction in 2021 of ANZAC Day and the fourth Sunday in Easter, with its ‘Good Shepherd’ theme (arising from the lectionary gospel reading, John 10:11-18 which tells of the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep), seems to mandate […]

The Pursuit of Happiness

I’ve lost count of the number of times my theological reflection has been sparked by a Leunig cartoon.  It happened again this past week!  Here’s the brilliant and topical cartoon that appeared on the Michael Leunig Appreciation Group Facebook page last Monday: The Church can be such a serious place, can it not?  Known more for what it’s […]

Where to Begin?

Meister Eckhart, the C13 German mystic and theologian, wrote, There is nothing in all the universe so much like God as silence.  I wonder what he meant? Did he mean the simple absence-of-noise silence?  Turning off the TV or the radio, escaping from the office or the phone, taking a solo walk in the bush or along the […]