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Reform Magazine | December 11, 2019

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On the pilgrim way

On the pilgrim way: ‘God has lifted my spirits’

22/11/2019 |

The God of surprises has recently given me new hope, in unexpected places. I recently went, rather unwillingly, to our local Labour Party selection meeting, to choose our parliamentary candidate. We are a safe Conservative seat, so for Labour it … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘The suicide’s anniversary has come and gone’

01/11/2019 |

The first anniversary of our granddaughter Ciara’s suicide has come and gone. There was a flurry of family phone calls and texts checking our son Peter’s address and the precise date of Ciara’s death. On the actual day, we happened … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘Clearing out our scullery began to be fun’

27/09/2019 |

Sheila Maxey finds joy in tidying and recycling

I have been clearing out our scullery after at least 30, if not 40 years. It is a Victorian house and we have lived in it for over 50 years. I am … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘Longer term memory is a blessing’

23/08/2019 |

Sheila Maxey reflects on memory

Memory is a touchy subject among old people like me because we are all experiencing short-term memory loss. What did I come upstairs for? Why can’t I remember the name of my neighbour? It is … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘I want to resist conclusions about prayer’

01/07/2019 |

Sheila Maxey tries to describe – and not analyse – prayer

I am very hesitant to speak, let alone write about prayer. It is so easy, as mere mortals, to find ourselves, in our heavy-footed way, analysing, quantifying, drawing conclusions … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘Family dynamics give me food for thought’

28/05/2019 |

Sheila Maxey enjoys a first family holiday

For the very first time, we have been on holiday with our daughter, Ruth, her husband, Dave, and their children – Tom (20), Sam (19) and Hannah, who had her 14th birthday on … Read More