Rest

Do You Need a ‘Fallow Year’? The Ancient Art of a Year of Rest

Man in hammock with feet up

‘You reap what you sow’ is a powerful principle describing the way much of life works. Plant a seed of goodness, kindness or faith, and a harvest of it will follow later. But the metaphor assumes the seed is sown into healthy soil. What if it’s not? What happens when we keep trying to get a harvest from an exhausted life? More…

The Lord is My Pace Setter

2013 has started a little rushed for me with a house renovation, approaching speaking engagements, a book to launch and more. But this revision of Psalm 23 by the Japanese poet Toki Miyashina has forced me to take a breath. The Lord is my shepherd? No. For the busy urbanite, The Lord is my pace setter. More…

What I Found at Swiss L’Abri

In 1955 Francis and Edith Schaeffer established L’Abri (French for ‘The Shelter’) in the cosy Swiss skiing village of Huemoz. Established as a safe place for seekers of truth to bring their questions about life, faith and belief, L’Abri centres have now spread around the world. The L’Abri community holds some wonderful lessons for those of us interested in faith and spirituality. Here’s what I found when I visited this month, and how you can implement something similar in your life. More…