Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Asia Stories July 2008

Anglican bishops from Burma, in Britain for the Lambeth Conference, made a brief morning visit to CMS in Oxford  23 July 08 Read More 

Coping in a Middle Eastern country without enough access to mains or 'living' water — just two challenges facing these friends of CMS who must remain anonymous.
17 July 08 Read More

  The certainty trap
The upsurge in fundamentalism has its roots in a crisis of confidence in two world faiths, argues Bill Musk.
15th July 08 Read More 

  Tales of ordinary madness
Every culture throws up its own anomalies, psychoses and asocial behaviour. University chaplain Pam highlights a few recent Japanese newspaper items that have stopped her in her tracks     11th July 08  Read More 

  The walking wounded
Courage is far more common than is usually supposed. A CMS contact in Pakistan, who needs to remain anonymous, pays tribute to Christians enduring harassment but showing grace under fire.   3rd July 08  Read More 

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

This Grace Gerard Kelly

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This Grace

This grace we have been given is enough.

When the mountains set before us

Won't move by faith

Until by faith we start to climb.

It is enough.

When our cry for Heaven's miracles

Rings  hollow, like a doorbell Howling through an empty house.

It is enough.

When from the wheelchairs of our weakness

We say yes

To pressing on,

It is enough.

When we have reached the end of our energies,

And face the end of ourselves,

But can't yet see the end of our task,

It is enough


To know that you have loved us.


That we are called before all time.


That every fingerprint is valued.


That you remember every name.

So we will embrace this grace.

And turn our hearts to face grace.

Loosening the locks

On our personal space,

We'll make each home a place of grace.

We'll drink from your wells

'til we're wasted on grace;

We'll speak out your words

'til our tongues taste of grace.

And we'll live to love your laws

Until our lives are laced with grace.

Down dark and dingy alleys

We will chase grace.

We will hold as something precious every trace of grace.

We will celebrate and consecrate this grace, because this grace we have been given, is enough.

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