Good Times Bad Times

I spoke previously about how our homiletics classes require us to do a one-page exercise each week. Katielou has recently posted here with her latest piece, which is based on looking at a Bible story from the point of view of someone whose view is not the one usually used. Since at least some of the people who read this blog are doing so out of interest in what I’m up to at Wesley House I thought I too would post something I’ve done in the same series. However, I’m not posting my attempt at Exercise 3 – my character is a somewhat unusual, challenging and, some might say, controversial one, and I would rather it had a private airing first, so that I can judge reaction, before considering taking it public.

Instead, I have gone with Exercise 1. I’ve done this because, as Katielou mentions, these first ones were generally of a personal nature, asking to give experiences when we discovered something about God. Since this blog is subtitled “Musings from the journey” I thought it might be apt to share this one. (It also apparently got a reasonable reception when read out in class – I wasn’t there as a night with a severe stomach bug had left me too weak to do anything but lie in bed and sleep!)

So, here it is:




Ugly and painful.

Even when amicable.



Without these things.

I would not be here.

I would not have a wonderful wife.

An amazing daughter.

A second student life.

Without these things.

I would not have heard God.


I would not have.

Stepped back onto the shores of home.

Stepped back through the doors of church.

Sat and said, ‘No, I won’t’.


And heard the voice.

A few days later.

In the silent office.

Whisper, ‘Yes, you will’.


I cannot say if pain.

Is part of God’s plan.

But I know.

I know.

God makes use of it.


About MendipNomad

I'm a nomad both physically and denominationally, but I'll always call the Mendips home. Currently a Methodist Presbyter (Minister) in Cornwall. I love sport, film, tv, socialising, politics (both US and British), and, yes, being part of the church.
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