Merle's reflections are taken from observations on the circumstances and events of life. It is good to reflect - not so we get tangled in our introspection but in order to pause and see things more from God's perspective.
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Merle's Christmas reflections Merle has written a series of reflections over the Christmas period. In her first reflection she considers the issue of trust and asks where we place our trust and how we cope when trust is misused or broken. Her second reflection focuses upon light and love and the third on hope. Click the picture to read.
'There is no time like the present. We have no comprehension of when ours, or another’s clock will stop ticking. We alone are responsible for spending the time we have well.' Prompted by the changing of the clocks a few weeks ago Merle reflects on the time we are allocated in her latest reflection.
In part two of her reflections about the river Dart, Merle considers the suggestion made to her many years ago by a friend that church is made up of givers and takers and that the takers outnumber the givers.
A recent holiday enabled John and Merle to spend more time on Dartmoor and gave them the opportunity to explore hitherto undiscovered areas. Merle reflects on the value of embracing the whole of life and challenges our attitudes and willingness to persevere.
"I see my life as a weave of the threads that have emerged from the experiences that I have passed through. My experiences are unique just as I am unique. For example, if I have experienced pain or sorrow, loneliness or poverty my weave will be vastly different from if I have experienced affluence, success or superiority." Click the picture to read Merle's latest reflection.
Merle reflects on the recent warm winds which brought 2 days of torrential rain disrupting the harvest, causing outdoor summer activities to be cancelled and challenging many families at the start of the summer holidays. How do we respond to the unexpected events of life to ensure that we grow and reach our full potential?
Whilst sitting in the car on a recent visit to Dartmoor, Merle reflected on the behaviour of one of the Dartmoor ponies with his dad. Click the picture to read her thoughts on father-son relationships.
As Merle observed the destructive behaviour of two jackdaws in her garden it gave her an insight into one aspect of human behaviour which can have devastating repercussions. Click the picture to read more.
As we move past Easter and start to look forward to the summer months Merle reflects upon some of the things that Jesus said - wise words that were intended to shape lives for good. She challenges us to use our words to bring healing and support to one another.
In her latest reflection Merle's thoughts turn to the joys and pain that Mother's Day can bring. She challenges us to accept and handle ourselves well whatever our particular circumstances may be. Click the picture of the butterfly to read Merle's thoughts.
A peaceful fireside scene in a rustic Dartmoor Inn? In her latest reflection Merle recounts an experience she and John had whilst sitting quietly reading and enjoying a pre-dinner drink on a recent trip to Dartmoor. A heated argument broke out in the bar and Merle reflects on the incident and the effects that such arguments can have on relationships.
In her first reflection of 2015 Merle recounts a trip one of her nieces made to the Ritz in London for afternoon tea. She and her friend were treated in a way that made them feel very special and gave them a sense of importance and value. Merle asks what we can learn from their experience and challenges us to both value ourselves and extend value to those around us. Click the picture to read more ...