Saturday, January 25, 2014

Nice people

No further words needed ...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Christian-atheist marriage thing

It's a while since we've had real marital tensions due to our differences in beliefs. Christmas caused a couple of ripples ... but nothing too serious.

But the topic continues to be on my mind and I continue to have a sense of not truly being able to be myself in our relationship.
I write blogs like this when I am alone at home and when my husband isn't likely to peer over my shoulder.
I continue to be secretive and to guard the faith which is so important to me.
My faith is kept by reading the Bible when nobody is around and by going to church on a Sunday morning. Outside those times it is not spoken about or mentioned.
It works (of sorts) but it doesn't seem enough.

So I continue to search for forums, blog or other resources by and for couples who live in theist-atheist relationships. There is plenty on inter-religious relationships - but it seems that two theists (even if they follow different religious traditions) can get along more easily that one who believes and one who doesn't believe in the existence of God ...

I found this article in wikiHow, which seemed useful to some degree.

From what I have found so far, it seems that a theist-atheist relationship can only work if neither party is overly passionate about/active in their faith/worldview or if both parties manage to avoid the subject of faith as much as possible.
I would love to hear from couples who make it work, and make it work with honesty, openness and love. Without avoidance and denial.

Anybody who can offer any thoughts or suggestions?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Come and see!

Today in church we read the following passage from John's gospel
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter). - John 1:35-42 
I am struck by the words of Jesus: "What are you looking for?" and "Come and see".

What am I looking for in my faith? And have I been looking right?
I often feel that I want to be and do so many things in church and live my faith in that way ... but what about looking much closer to home and seeing the small things in my daily life - my own family, my work? What about living my faith there in everyday situations, rather than looking elsewhere beyond?

Today I took my camera and went for a walk. 
These are the things I found when I looked closer and took in the detail.

"Come and see!"


Saturday, January 18, 2014

First signs of spring

If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” 
― Percy Bysshe Shelley

Friday, January 17, 2014

Saving Ted

Today, on the way to the allotment, I spotted a bedraggled dirty little soft toy in the back street. It was lying on its front and I didn't give it much thought.
On the way home I took a closer look.

Here is what I saw:

I took pity on him, took him home and gave him a hand-wash.

Here is how well he scrubbed up. He must be brand-new and even still has his tag attached.

Now, what shall I call him?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Twelve days at Christmas

This will be my project over the Christmas period. One nativity figure every day.

Day 1:

"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.”


Day 2:

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Day 3:

 “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.”

Day 4:

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.

Day 5:

“Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people”

Day 6:

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

 Day 7:

So they went with haste ...

Day 8:

… and found ...

Day 9:

... Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

Day 10:

Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.

Day 11:

And there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.

Day 12:

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

The last day of Christmas:

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage.

Thank you to all of you who have walked the Christmas journey with me.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Apple harvest

This beautiful apple tree stand on our allotment plot ... and apple season is upon us!
We are not quite sure what variety of apple it is, but we like it.
It can be eaten raw (although it is not terribly sweet), but it also great for cooking and baking. And it stores pretty well too.

This week I climbed into the apple tree to try and get the best fruit.

The unblemished apples are in the shed for storage and should keep until the new year or so.

The others are turned into apple puree and apple rings.
Here is the handy dehydrator which my clever husband built. It runs on two light bulbs and a computer fan.