Watercolour pattern of deep oranges and browns, with lighter colours at the sides. Text over the top: The Spirit declares (a poem for Pentecost, part inspired by the book of Hebrews)

The Spirit declares (a poem for Pentecost – part inspired by the book of Hebrews)

Last week I found out a friend was preaching on the book of Hebrews on the day of Pentecost (today). I mentioned that last year I’d written a poem for Pentecost that I was particularly proud of. He asked if it related to the topic of priests and priesthood, to which the answer was, “No, but maybe I will have one by this evening.”

I didn’t quite manage to finish the poem that day, but I did write one.

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Prayer candles (tealights) against a black background. Text: The fear that God won't answer my prayers. (Faith in Grey Places)

The fear that God won’t answer my prayers

My creative vibes have been low over the last few months, so last week I asked God for a very clear steer on what to write about next. 

I then began to offload about how I seem to be afraid of everything all the time — and the Holy Spirit said, “Write about that.” So over the next few weeks I’m going to reflect on some of my recurring fears and how I experience them. It’s not what I expected to write about in resurrection season, but… here we are! And the words are there. 

My first fear is that God will not answer my prayers.

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Triquetra (symbol of the Trinity) in pastel colours against a dark background. Text: Three haikus on the Trinity. Faith in Grey Places

Three haikus on the Trinity (a poem)

It’s said that it’s hard to pack anything of substance into such a short poetry form. (Haikus are a Japanese type of poem with three lines. The first has five syllables, the second seven, and the third five.) To be sure, it’s not easy, but it can be done. 

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Triquetra (symbol of the Trinity) in pastel colours against a dark background. Text: A palindrome poem on the Trinity. Faith in Grey Places.

A palindrome poem on the Trinity (a poem) (part inspired by Ephesians 1:7-10)

Also called “reverse” poems, palindrome poems are ones where the lines are read forwards and then again backwards.

And this poem on the Trinity is absolutely one of my favourites.

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Image of two copper pennies (British). Title: The Silent Finance Awards. Text: Matthew on money: Jesus teaches on almsgiving. A comedy. Matthew 6:1–4. Faith in Grey Places.

On giving to the poor: ‘The Silent Finance Awards’ (a comedy based on Matthew 6:1–4)

Today’s sketch is based on Jesus’ teachings about giving in Matthew 6:1–4. There are many kinds of financial giving, but according to the NET, the kind referred to in this passage is ‘alms’, referring ‘primarily to the giving of money or food for the relief of the poor.’ 

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Picture of neon lit up in the dark saying saying "THIS IS THE SIGN YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR". Text on the left: Matthew on Money: Jesus sends out the twelve: "The Miracle Method". A satire | Matthew 10:5–15. Faith in Grey Places.

Jesus sends out the twelve: ‘The Miracle Method’ (a satire based on Matthew 5:5–15)

Happy new year!

This week, I have another short sketch, based on Matthew 10:5–15 when Jesus sends out the twelve. I imagine a conversation between Peter and Andrew and their host as the two apostles visit a town. 

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Picture of a caravan of camels silhouetted against a desert sky. Title text: The Three Wise Wives. Other text: Matthew on money: the visit of the magi; a short drama, Matthew 2

The Three Wise Wives (a short drama based on Matthew 2)

Happy First Sunday of Advent! Today I have a very easy-going, light-hearted-but-serious sketch for you.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve really enjoyed writing short sketches about money, but the festive season is no time for satire.

Today, I’ve explored the story of the visit of the magi. There’s actually a lot that can be said about money from this chapter of Matthew’s gospel (Matthew 2). 

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