Sympathy, Empathy, Solidarity–What Helps When You Hurt

How can you tell the difference between sympathy, empathy and solidarity? I’ll tell you–it’s all in the face. *** The face of sympathy has a tilted head, a strained smile, and slightly widened eyes. I say face, but it’s normally faces; hundreds of them. In the supermarket, hospital, school, I see them looking at the […]

Blessed are the Overdramatic

There was once a country who believed nothing bad would happen to them because they were a special nation, blessed by God. They were prosperous, proud of their unique political system and enjoyed a long faith heritage as a bedrock for their country. Sure, the society wasn’t completely just–the poor were getting forgotten, vulnerable people […]

We Are All Disabled

As a disabled person in public, you quickly learn to be very grateful, and very sorry. “Sorry!” I said, as they banged me into a stranger’s legs. “So sorry. Thank you.” I was on a British Airways plane a few years ago. This airline obviously liked to maximise its money by dedicating the seats at […]

When Your Body Prophesies to You

Two years ago, a very reputable hairdresser used faulty straighteners and burnt my hair. The next day, in the shower, when I was trying to identify the strange odour, I remembered the last time I had smelt it: I was 12 years old, trying to ignite a gas hob, leaning over to check that the […]

When You’re Stuck On Pause

The church loves progress. We love to measure church growth, spiritual growth, numbers, charts, seats. If it isn’t about measuring numbers of people converted, it’s about the quality of our spiritual life, as though it were an eternal ladder we were ascending. Run the race. (FASTER. BETTER.) Keep in step with the Spirit. (Don’t let […]