Author: Peter

  • The Lord is close to the broken-hearted

    As the number of casualties increases in the intensive conflict in the Donbas in east Ukraine the demand on surgeons is very heavy. They are treating thousands of people, both military personnel and civilians, who have life-changing and life-threatening injuries. These surgeons are thankful for the help of world-renowned war surgeon, Dr David Nott, who […]

  • Kim Phuc – the power of love

    On 8 June 1972 a 9-year-old little girl, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, ran from her village Trang Bang, north of Saigon, after a napalm attack. Kim and her family were sheltering in a temple when they heard planes overhead. They ran outside to find safety, just as bombs detonated containing napalm, a flammable liquid that […]

  • When you worry

    Millions of people in the world are facing a serious financial crisis. In the past two years the number of food-insecure people has doubled to 276 million. Every night men, women, and children in the developing world go to bed hungry with little prospect of their situation improving. They don’t have enough money to buy […]

  • Our servant Queen

    This weekend millions of people around the world will join Queen Elizabeth II in celebrating her Platinum Jubilee. The coronation of Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. She acceded to the throne when she was 25, following the death of her father in 1952. During the service, Elizabeth […]

  • The courage of Grace Darling

    Grace Darling was born in November 1815. Within a few weeks she was taken to live on Brownsman Island, one of the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumbria, in a small cottage attached to the lighthouse her father ran. In 1826 she and her family moved to the newly built Longstone Lighthouse. Grace was […]

  • Please treat us equally

    Heidi Crowter is a remarkable young woman. When Heidi was born in 1995 the NHS did not carry out 20-week screening scans. So, her parents Steve and Liz didn’t know Heidi had Down’s syndrome until after she was born. Liz says, “We were both absolutely devastated, and took a long time to come to terms […]

  • Comfort in suffering

    We live in a world of suffering. The city of Mariupol in Ukraine is a graphic example of great suffering. The constant indiscriminate bombardment of Mariupol by Vladimir Putin’s soldiers has reduced a beautiful city to rubble. Civilians trying to leave the city have repeatedly been hindered by continued shelling from the Russian army. Hundreds […]

  • Truth matters!

    Truth is in the news. Do our politicians tell the truth? Are the Russian people being told the truth about the invasion of Ukraine? How can we recognise “fake news”? Truth matters! In a survey about the professions people in Britain trust least politicians, journalists, and car salesmen came at the bottom of the league. […]

  • Jesus is the resurrection and the life

    The joyful message of Easter is “The Lord is risen!” On the third day after Jesus died the women went to the tomb early in the morning, just before sunrise. They had bought spices and were going to anoint Jesus’ body. As they walked, they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from […]