Tag Archives: Joy

Plain Life

Thursday 15 December


The smile from someone beloved; a bright and frosty day, crisp and brilliant; a conversation that makes your day shine; an unadulterated and beautifully   given gift or pleasure; anything in fact that makes your heart sing. This is the heart being magnified.

When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with joy. Mary sang a song that began with the words: “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God  my Saviour.”

Prayer is not just about the angst of life, but also the brilliance of life. Prayer and worship needs intercession and yet it also need the praise that   expands the heart and our very being.

 May my soul magnify the Lord: as I see someone smile; in the bright moments of the day; through a conversation that makes my day shine; through an unadulterated and beautifully given gift or pleasure; when my heart sings may I recognise and respond to your hand O God and simply praise! Amen


Work in Progress.

Wednesday 30 March

I was reading a book about a Chinaman writing about London in 1938. On Spring he said: “Sring comes in fits and starts…” 

I wanted to simply answer that Easter comes all at once.

But as Easter people I see that we are a work in progress.

My Soul Sings

Tuesday 8th December

For all this blog puts some thought into Advent there is hope and joy to focus upon.

We await the birth of a baby as prophet’s foretold and the expectancy of a baby and the eventual birth is joyous occasion.

Written on Saturday night whilst listening to Hade Edge Brass Band and Kirklees Mass Choir Huddersfield Parish Church echoes to brass and voices. I cannot help but tap my foot and hum to myself.

My soul sing is an apt title.

When you are out and about and hear something of a Christmas tune are you drawn similarly.

Maybe, just maybe, this also is an Advent prophesy- ‘Joy to the World’ – the first piece theHade Edge Band played on a blowy Saturday night.  

Nine Ladies Dancing

Friday 2nd January 2015


Nine Ladies Dancing are representative of the nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

To follow up on yesterday’s thought, I wonder how you might define ‘blessed’? Paul reminds us that God has filled the Bible with promises for the changed person. He has given us promises that will never change and will always be there for the person who has changed through the power of Jesus Christ.

These promises we are to cleanse ourselves from all things of the past. We are to concentrate on habits which are grace laden. Allowing God to make us holy as we serve Him in respect and love.

Look for, pray for the ‘Ladies Dancing’!

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Playing and Learning

A short pause – and I smiled at the irregularity of the petals, the oddness of how the flower stuck out from the end of the stem, the joy of the colours, how it went out of focus as I moved in close.

This is my first play at WordPress blogging! And some of you may have already have had this becasue I posted it in the wrong place!