To be without some of the things you want

is an indispensable part of happiness. 

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

If you had the chance to live your life again remembering all that you the mistakes made in this life, would you take the opportunity to not make them?

We have to live our lives with the mistakes of our pasts but Jesus gives us the chance to be “born again”. He says he has not come to condemn but to save. 

The difficulty we have is forgiving ourselves. This holds many back. 

Remember St Paul who persecuted Christians but later became their greatest missionary. He left his previous life behind and went forward in faith, confident he had been forgiven.

Gardens are magical places. God created the first garden and the risen Lord was first seen in a garden.  What stops us entering God’s garden?


Mr Craven had dreams of a garden that his late wife had loved. It held only painful memories for him that stopped him going back until he felt called to return.  On entering he found his lost love, new love and new life.



‘Colin put out his hand and laid it on his father’s arm. “Aren’t you glad, Father?” he ended. “Aren’t you glad?  I’m going to live for ever and ever and ever!”’

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

I stand up, sure of one thing and one thing only. That my father will come and get me.

He won't give me a lecture, he won't try to teach me a lesson. He won't ask a thousand questions or ask me to apologize.

He'll just come and get me.  "Just tell me where you are.”

Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child.

Listen to the don'ts.

Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.

Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...

Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”

Shel Silverstei

“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.”

Ronald Reagan

And I wonder if they would be accepted or changed if they were to be reviewed by our Parliamentary Parties? Would there be opposition, would some say they go too far and impinge on an individual’s rights whilst others say they are not strict enough?

What do you think would be the result should the Church hold a ‘Brexit’ like referendum to discover if we should continue to follow these Laws?  (Remember, only a fraction of those calling themselves Christian actually read the scriptures or go to church. They also have a vote.)