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Straight Talking

This Sunday we meet the startling and uncompromising figure of John the Baptist. John appears out of the desert with a hard-hitting call to turn away from sin and so prepare for the coming of the Messiah. At times we come across straight talking people who don’t shrink from telling the truth. We usually find them rude and unsettling. But there was something which rang true with the words of John the Baptist. Here was a man who lived what he preached.

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Always Active

Listening to Gardeners' Question Time on Radio 4 last weekend we were treated to a very clear response to a simple question, which was 'Shall I put my garden to bed?' Christine Walkden, one of the panellists, gave her answer with a delivery that was forceful and passionate.

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Give me oil in my lamp

As we draw near to the end of the Church year, the Sunday readings are concerned with the end of time, when Jesus Christ will return and God’s kingdom will reign. We are reminded to stay awake, to be ready and to be aware when God is present among us now.

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