Tag Archives: Christian

Easter Greetings and a Dawn Chorus.

I just wanted to take the opportunity to wish every one of my readers a very Happy Easter. My Easter began the same way it has for a couple of years now, with my getting up at stupid-o’clock in the … Continue reading

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A Very M.E. Christmas

I’ve mentioned before that special events like Christmas and birthdays can be particularly tough when you’re chronically ill. As the airwaves chime with Christmas songs, TV chefs cook festive feasts and Facebook newsfeeds fill with talk of nights out and … Continue reading

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Towards a Disabled Friendly Church

Growing up in the church, the importance of Christian community was impressed on me from an early age. I was taught that Christians were like coals heaped on a fire: so long as we stayed together our flame would burn … Continue reading

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In Search of a Miracle Cure

“Your illness is one that cannot be cured. We hope it will improve by itself in time.” I have heard these words, time and again, from dozens of doctors over the years, so imagine my surprise when, within hours of … Continue reading

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Sad Things can be Beautiful

It is easy to focus on the negative side of chronic illness – the pain, isolation and shattered dreams – and forget that not everything about chronic illness is bad (ninety-nine per cent of it is bad, but even at … Continue reading

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The Darkness will not be Dark

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me even now I no longer recognise myself. You know when I sit and when I rise and when I am too tired and weak to manage either; you perceive my … Continue reading

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Learning to Make Fruit Salad

Growing up in a church environment I was told time and again that Christians are appointed to bear lasting fruit (John 15:16) and I dreamed of the kind of fruit I would like to bear: shiny great apples that testified … Continue reading

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