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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sons of Gallipoli

This song by NZ singer/songwriter Chris Skinner is a beautiful way to reflect on ANZAC Day and our NZ national anthem. This version is sung by Chris himself with the Auckland Boys' Choir. Seeing these beautiful children sing so innocently brought tears to my eyes.

Chris Skinner

We sang —God of Nations at thy feet—
As we stood on that sacred shore
With a heartfelt pride
Somewhere deep inside
For the sons of Gallipoli

We sang —E Ihowa Atua—
From the place they call Anzac Cove
We gazed out to sea
Where our home would be
For the sons of Gallipoli

How still you lie
And how still you die on other hillsides.

We sang —hear our voices we entreat—
As the wind blew from off the sea
With a tearful sigh and the question why
For the sons of Gallipoli

We sang —God defend our free land—
And for all whose lives are torn
With one voice implore
No more talk of war
For the sons of Gallipoli

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Love this Place" ~A Visual Ode to the Earth, Earth Day 2015

Today April 22nd is Earth Day 2015. This 16 minute video is a "collage of visual poetry" that will both inspire and challenge. Make a cuppa and take the time to watch - such a brief but powerful way to respect our "home planet" - and perhaps find some new motivation to help keep it beautiful.

Monday, April 20, 2015


Still water
welcoming mirror
creation's beauty reflected
for all who pass by.

Still heart
welcoming mirror
divine beauty reflected
for all who pass by.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


The sky's the limit?
Actually... no!
It's just the fragile edge of one small planet
in one insignificant galaxy in the vastness of the universe.
But I'm grateful for the beauty of the manageable sky 
in New Zealand, Auckland, Orewa,
Maygrove Lake
near my house

Sunday, April 12, 2015


No need to rush off
Content to float
and "just be".

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Concentric Circle Elegy

In the final week of the Lent retreat we were asked to write an elegy, a poem about how we would like to be remembered. It was a surprisingly hard thing to do. It felt somehow wrong to be celebrating my own life rather than waiting for someone else to do it after I died! It was a humbling thing to do. It gave rise to great gratitude to God for all that my very blessed life has enabled me to be and do. It was also a powerful reminder that how I live now will probably be how I will be remembered. Here's what I wrote - and I encourage you to write your own!

She was a quiet child
often at home, unwell
with books as her companions.
Yet remembered now 
as a pioneer, a risk taker
and a writer of books!

People often commented 
on her smiling eyes and 
safely welcoming presence - 
gifts that grew into
decades of soul companioning.

She was a creative teacher
first of children, later of adults.
Always looking for ways
to make learning fun
and deep at the same time.

"Concentric Circles of Faith" 
is how she describes her journey.
The ripples growing wider each year
evolving constantly into
the endless expanse
of Infinite Love.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wherever you are planted...

Wherever you are planted
open your face to the sun
and share
 your beauty with the world!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Morning

We went to the beach before sunrise this morning. I haven't done that for many years - but what a wonderful way to start the day! Here are a few images:

Saturday, April 4, 2015

How to Surrender

(This is a poem I wrote as part of the Lenten retreat.)

How to Surrender

I used to think surrender
was the easy option
just shrug your shoulders
roll your eyes
and give in quietly.

But now I am talking about
something different
more courageous.

So take a deep breath
It might be risky...

Open those clenched hands
extend those folded arms
lean out past the point of balance
and let go

Let go control
Let go knowing
Risk it all on Trust

You might land
in the water
surprised you didn't  drown
and finding you can float

You might discover
wings that take you
higher than you
ever thought possible.

You might fall
into the abyss
and much, much later
be caught
in the tender hands of Love.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Just for fun...

What do you see when you look at this photo? I was playing around with various photo angles and perspectives and didn't see what I see now until I put the photo on the computer:
It's a pity I don't allow comments on this Blog! (I had too many spam ones) I'd love to know what you see. Often what we see isn't exactly what is there. It depends on our perspective and sometimes it reflects what we want to see - or what we fear seeing. (But it might also be just for fun!)