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.
In her latest Christmas reflection Merle considers the journeys we plan and make to visit family at Christmas, journeys which sometimes don't go to plan. Joseph and Mary's journey back to Nazareth after Jesus' birth didn't go to plan. How do we respond when our journey through life doesn't go to plan?
In her first Christmas reflection Merle considers the cry of the new-born baby Jesus, which broke the silence of the first Christmas night. She asks us to think where the world would be today if that baby had not been born.
Following the recent passing of her husband, Merle has reflected upon the importance of the depth of her family's love and commitment to one another. Click the picture of the willow tree to read Merle's reflection.
'There is always hope sustained by faith and carried forward with love.' As Merle drove through the country lanes she observed the effects of the brutal autumn pruning on the hedges and reflected upon those times in our lives when so much is thrown at us. Yet the eternal qualities of faith, hope and love remain.
What cup do you hold this Eastertime? In her final Lent reflection Merle asks us whether our cup is one of plenty or one of pain and suffering. Are we prepared to go the extra mile by sharing the cup of plenty and filling our cup with generosity, kindness, understanding, helpfulness and mercy?
How do we respond when special meals or celebrations go wrong and we're under pressure - do we choose to put the needs of others first? In her fourth reflection for Lent, Merle considers the Last Supper and the care and wisdom that Jesus showed for his disciples.
Do we take full responsibility when life goes wrong or do we turn things back on ourselves? In this reflection Merle writes about Mary and Martha's response to their brother Lazarus' death and highlights the hope we have of resurrected life after death.
In her second Lent reflection Merle challenges us to consider the choices we make and whether our actions represent genuine acts of love. Click the picture of the crocuses to read Merle's latest reflection.
Do you experience the fulness of life that Jesus promises his followers? In her first Lent reflection Merle writes about the life that Jesus has given us through the cross and the peace and joy we can know when we walk closely with him.
We can learn much from taking time to observe the natural things around us. In her latest reflection Merle shares two important lessons from her recent observations of the way gulls handle adverse weather conditions.