The God of Second Chances, by Marylin Kilsby

A man who lived in my block of flats was well known to many of us.  He was a cancer survivor and quite a character.  Sadly, cancer then hit him again and he died. This man, we’ll call him Brian, had a communication problem.  He wasn’t deaf but one of the operations...

What Christmas means to me, by Mary Bucknall

I have a vivid memory of walking through a disused railway tunnel at the age of twelve, with the reassuring presence of my father beside me in the gloomy darkness. The tunnel to me seemed extremely long, as our bootsteps crunched on the gravel and splashed in little...

Light in the Dark, by Tracy Williamson

Sometimes life can seem hard As if the sunshine is permanently hidden behind a cloud, There is sadness and struggle, fear and loss And there is no easy path to follow. I remember when I was ministering in a big church in the wintertime. It was an unfamiliar building...

The Lord sets the prisoners free : Psalm 146:7 by Tracy Williamson

In my prison   One of my prisons is deafness The constant roar and muddle of unknown sound. The label of stupid, the fear of being deficient; The lack of belonging, of feeling accepted. The walls of my prison are confusion and shame The chains restrict me from...

This little light – by Anthea Owen

Throughout November, my family and I have been joining with others across the country, to pray for our nation – individuals known only to ourselves, Government ministers, Her Majesty the Queen, local concerns, the NHS, the economy, those with physical and mental...

Thank you for thinking of me. By Anthea Owen

“Thank you for thinking of me.” Recently, I forwarded an email to my sister.  The email contained information about an online art exhibition that I felt sure would be of interest to my sister.  Her reply surprised me: “Thank you for thinking of me.” Now, I haven’t...

The Lemon Tree, by Christine Pitts

Several years ago, after making a lemon meringue pie, I decided just for fun to plant the lemon pips to see if they would grow.  Much to my surprise a few weeks later one tiny shoot popped its head out of the soil, obviously liked the look of the world above the...

Rio, the difficult one, by Christine Pitts

‘Animal Park’ is a programme on television following the lives of the many animals and their keepers at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire. The keepers work incredibly hard to keep all the animals healthy and happy, and one of their main aims is establishing a breeding...