Reflection: Fear

Reflection: Fear

When was the last time you did something really scary? The kind of scary that knots your stomach and weakens your knees? The kind of scary that makes you feel like everything is out of control? I was reading an article this week that listed some of the things parents said their kids were really terrified of… One mum wrote, “I have three-year-old twins who both have a fear of leaves. If there is a leaf on the ground they will do everything possible to walk the opposite direction. My daughter won’t even come close to it. She will stand there and cry until I pick her up.” Ellie Griffis wrote, “My four-year-old has reoccurring nightmares that he is being beat up by Winnie The Pooh. He wakes up crying, ‘Winnie the Pooh hit me and kicked me and bit me!’” Heather Crammond said, “My daughter is afraid of sandwiches. She will eat a piece of bread, but put two pieces together with anything in between and she starts screaming and backing away like it’s a spider.” Brain Marcus said,  “This will sound crazy but my son has a deep fear of bagpipes. We have no idea how this happened but you cannot even say the word without tears flowing.” Fear is an interesting emotion. It protects us from doing the really dumb stuff but it also keeps us from taking important risks and doing what we know we should. It cause some people to run in the oppose it direction Fear stops some people dead in their tracks… Some people don’t pay attention to their fears at all...
Assembly/Reflection: Is peace possible?

Assembly/Reflection: Is peace possible?

We are in a unique position after the events of Remembrance. What filled our screens and facebook feeds over the past few days has quickly been replaced with the Christmas adverts for the major stores and shops. We’ve taken off our poppies and already we begin to look towards the excitement of Christmas. You might have seen this ad on TV recently – it portrays the ceasefire that took place between the troops on Christmas Eve 1914. http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Sainsburys-OFFICIAL-Christmas-2014-Ad.mp4 Is peace possible? The joy of the ceasefire is quickly replaced again with the noise of shells and warfare. However the relationships and bonds forged as soldiers lay down their weapons continued in the minds and hearts of those involved; forever changed no longer seeing the world in the black and white terms of friend or foe. War can rage on the outside and it can rage on the inside too but peace IS possible. Although it may only be momentary and brief. As we saw in the advert peace often involves one person stepping out, letting go of fear and embracing sacrifice. Could you be that person? What situations could you affect change in? What might peace look like in your own life? Are there fears that you need to let go of? Now go forth into this day – to live your hopes and not your fears, knowing you are held in holy hands by a love that will never let you...
Easter Reflection

Easter Reflection

I’ve never got round to watching Game of Thrones but I’ve seen this image countless times. It’s striking and attention grabbing but I’ve never really looked at in much detail. In the reflection of the crown you can see a battle being fought. The crown is now in new hands; hands more familiar with toil and hard graft. The hands not of a wealthy and powerful king, but if the scars and dirt behind the nails are anything to go by the hands of an ordinary worker. The poster shows the end of one regime and the beginning of another. The crown being held aloft in victory. But this new found symbolic power is being held tightly. The pursuit of power involves much violence and spilled blood. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ but perhaps with great power comes great opposition. Perhaps the former king mistreated his subjects and the people rebelled. They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. But the Easter story reveals a different approach to power. Looking more closely at it the crown resembles the crown of thorns won by Jesus. Jesus who turns everything on its head; a ‘king’ who rides into town on a donkey rather than a stallion, a rabbi who washes his disciples feet and a saviour who embraces the vulnerability of the cross. A king who doesn’t grip onto power and privilege but who embraces sacrifice with outstretched...