Archive for July, 2019

New Prisons Report

Posted: 18 July 2019 in Prisons
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Prison wing.jpgThe Chief Inspector of Prisons Annual Report was out last week. Don’t fancy reading 124 pages but want the headlines to think and pray about?  Well, today Prison Fellowship highlighted a few quotes from the Report and invite us all to pray over:

“Safety is still a major problem. Levels of violence had increased in more than half the prisons inspected.”
►God of peace, may Your peace prevail in our prisons, and may a spirit of calm to pervade every room and hallway. May the conflict, hopelessness and addiction that fuels the violence be addressed and transformed.

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Noah funeral 4b.jpgTwo funerals this year so far; one shocking, one elegiac. Both with foreign condolences; one military, the other medical.  Both with plenty of food after; one pushed down with tea, the other with vodka.  Both with memories of lives lived; of 11 weeks, and of 96 years.  Both funerals are worth a thought.  But I’ll tell you of baby Noah’s now.

How can a funeral capture both the sense of loss, the genuine loss; and the sense of hope, confidence?   And also a mysterious third dimension- that it is better to have genuinely loved and lost, is better than never having loved at all, so never suffered the loss?

Lament
This funeral did work us for the tears: ♫Benedictus, Karl Jenkins; ♫Jealous of the Angels, Katherine Jenkins; ♫ Brahms’ Lullaby, Celine Dion. (more…)