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.
As Christmas approaches Merle reflects upon a surprise gift she received recently and the opportunity that we all have at Christmastime to receive the love of God, which gives us hope and the incentive to trust again.
Merle has been watching the quiet change taking place in our gardens and countryside as we've passed the longest day of the year. She shares her thoughts on making time to enjoy the summer from observing the wildlife in her garden.
Growing up An incident in her garden between a hen starling and her fledgling chick caused Merle to reflect upon the hiccups and challenges of parenting.
Merle reflects upon the apparently effortless flights experienced by birds of prey and glider pilots in the sky and of surfers riding back to the shore and the different views that they each experience.
One of the themes running through our Lent reflections has been considering others. The gift of a new chair caused Merle to reflect upon the importance of looking past our own needs to those around us.
The ladies have set aside time during this year's period of Lent to study parts of the Easter story. Merle's first Lent reflection is based upon one of the thoughts shared during a study on the miracle of Jesus walking on the water.