The period between Ascension and Pentecost is traditionally used by Christians to pray for the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit upon the Church and the world. These 9 days are an opportunity to ask God for help and sustenance both individually and corporately. We don’t just ask but we beseech God, “leave us not comfortless!” Continue reading “Up!”
The nation is being called to vote today (Thursday 5th May). The Scottish Parliament, the Welsh National Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly are all testing popular opinion through the polls. 124 councils in England are taking place as well as mayoral elections in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Salford, not forgetting the two parliamentary by-elections in Bridgend and Sheffield.
Vincent Van Gogh painted Blossoming Almond Tree (1890) with a particular person in mind, he dedicated the painting to his nephew. Vincent’s brother Theo had named his son after his uncle. The painting was placed above the boy’s bed: