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Grief is inevitable, but we have hope

Last week my country was rocked by the news that four people were killed on an amusement park ride on the Gold Coast. A week earlier we heard about a tragic situation whereby a Sydney man gassed his home, poisoning himself, his wife, his two children, and the family dog. Further afield, a pastor I have… Continue reading Grief is inevitable, but we have hope

Life and other catastrophes · Movies I love · Psychology and mental health · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are · Uncategorized

Life ‘on the outside’ is scary

In the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption, a character named Red (played by Morgan Freeman) speaks to new inmate Heywood (William Sadler) about a prisoner who’s been serving there a long time… “The man’s been in here fifty years, Heywood. Fifty years! This is all he knows. In here, he’s an important man. He’s an… Continue reading Life ‘on the outside’ is scary

Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · Uncategorized

Weighty expectations

We enter the world, it seems, with simple expectations. We are wired to require loads of love, affection and unconditional approval. As we grow older, we become more aware of our deeper wants and desires, and these can become a burden rather than a joy. We find ourselves continually thwarted, stymied by our wishes. Disappointed… Continue reading Weighty expectations