Author Archive: widemargin

Embarrassing bodies and more

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I’ve been in plenty of healing meetings where there’s been a call for anyone with back problems to come forward for healing. Knees, shoulders, elbows get their fair amount of coverage too. I’ve never heard a speaker announce, “I feel there’s an anointing for healing from impotence.” Or Aids or constipation. Yet don’t those people …

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Survival methods for life dwellers

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Bad things happen to good people. They also happen to bad people, at about the same rate. I hate that children get sick and that disasters happen. I hate divorce, poverty, unemployment and all the other ills of life. But they happen anyway – to all of us, in one way or another. Jesus never …

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The real deal

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I must be the luckiest person alive! Some person in Africa that I don’t even know, has emailed to tell me that he’s going to give me buckets of money if I just let him have my personal and bank details. How good is that!?! Don’t worry, I’ve spotted the con. But they are getting …

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Going counter-flow

There was this 3-hour evening course I really fancied, and invited my friend to come to tea, then to the course with me, and I’d drop her back home at the end. Good plan. But I hadn’t figured on the weather. She lives in a tiny village at the top of a steep hill served …

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What do you want?

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My family know all too well I have one enormous failing. I am an absolutely awful person to buy gifts for. I don’t do fancy stuff, and I’m pretty low maintenance. I dread the question, “Mum, what do you want for your birthday?” It’s not good. They want to bless me, make me smile, give me …

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Why I see what I think I see

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We were reminiscing the other day. There was this girl who used to irritate me something rotten. Not deliberately. But she would angle for attention, in your face, fussing. I was never outwardly mean to her, just avoided being around her as far as possible. Older and hopefully wiser, I can see now she was …

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It’s wrong

In the wake of the horrific attack on the Manchester Arena, how can you talk about forgiveness? How do families and friends come to terms with their loss? Those hurt, those traumatised, those who have lost so much in so many ways? It’s almost two years since Dylann Roof sat amongst the congregation of Emanuel African …

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What about the mess?

Is it pride to tell you my garden has been spectacular over the last 2 or 3 months, with a wonderful display of daffodils and other spring flowers? The best of it, is that I didn’t have to do anything for it – those bulbs were planted years ago, and they just keep coming back and …

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Mastering the situation

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“You’re supposed to be on holiday!” My husband’s frustrated cry whenever he saw that look in my eye. We’d be in some pretty little souvenir shop, and I’d spot some curious object that would be just the thing for a particular lesson. I worked in special ed, and finding stuff to help children understand the world they …

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How you see it

I so appreciate good eye sight. I remember going on a course for disability awareness, and we were given various pairs of glasses to wear, which mimicked eye conditions, and we had to find our way round with limited vision. It was hard! It alters what you perceive –  you edge forward with uncertainty; you can’t tell what …

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