Books I've read · Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Uncategorized

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

Friendship and love · Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · Spiritual growth and healing

Grieving lost relationships

“It isn’t helpful to only recount the negative aspects of a person when a relationship ends,” a wise person once told me. “We also need to remember the good, in order to grieve.” It’s certainly tempting to rehearse your frustrations – and their flaws – when you’re hurt. But part of the process of letting go is celebrating the… Continue reading Grieving lost relationships

Friendship and love · Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

Life is not that shiny

A friend was talking with me the other day about struggles at her new church. She recently moved from the inner-city to the affluent Northern suburbs of Sydney, and noticed a big cultural difference. “People aren’t real,” she said. “They just want to pretend everything is ‘happy-happy, joy-joy’ all the time. Just because you’ve found God doesn’t mean… Continue reading Life is not that shiny

C.S. Lewis · Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

He felt what you feel…

I love reflecting on the words of CS Lewis… In The Weight of Glory, he writes: “The essential meaning of all things came down from the ‘heaven’ of myth to the ‘earth’ of history. In so doing, it partly emptied itself of its glory, as Christ emptied Himself of His glory to be Man…. That… Continue reading He felt what you feel…

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

What God did with my anger

My friend once said to me: “I don’t know what Christians mean when they say that life without God at the centre feels empty. I don’t feel empty at all. I feel completely satisfied with my life, my goals and ambitions. I choose my life, and I like it. I just don’t get the whole emptiness thing.” I’m not sure I do either.… Continue reading What God did with my anger