March 24, 2019
What are you hungry for? What are you craving? Food? Friendship? The dulling of the pain? An end to loneliness? The lighting up of the darkness? The warm embrace of love? To be hungry is to be human. To feed ourselves is to be human. And we live in a ravenous age ...
A reflection on Isaiah 55:1-9 given to Sanctuary, 24 March 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.
March 17, 2019
Where was God? A friend's question answered.
Please be aware: This reflection contains a brief description of domestic / family violence.
A reflection on Luke 13:29-35 given to Sanctuary, 17 March 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.
March 3, 2019
The transfiguration provides a roadmap for the Lenten journey to Jerusalem.
A reflection on Luke 9:28b-36 (37-45) given to Sanctuary, 3 March 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.
February 24, 2019
The Zen Master Shichiri Kojun sat reciting sutras when all of a sudden a thief burst in, brandishing a sharp sword. He demanded his money or his life. “Do not disturb me,” said Shichiri. “You will find the money in that drawer over there.” Then he continued with his sutras ...
A reflection on Luke 6:27-38 given to Sanctuary, 24 February 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.
February 14, 2019
When do we encounter God's healing presence?
A reflection on Luke 6:17-26 given to Sanctuary, 17 February 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.
February 10, 2019
Close your eyes, and consider your workplace ...
A guided meditation drawing on the themes of Luke 5:1-11 offered to Sanctuary, 10 February 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.
February 3, 2019
It takes regular practice to learn to see through God's eyes: but what does that practice include?
A reflection on Luke 2:21-40 given to Sanctuary, 3 February 2019 © Alison Sampson, 2019.
January 27, 2019
What is the way of Jesus Christ? including an introduction to canonical criticism.
A reflection on Luke 4:14-22 given to Sanctuary, 27 January 2019 (C13)
January 13, 2019
Exploring the depths of baptism. A reflection on Luke 3:15-22 given to Sanctuary, 13 January 2019 (C11)
December 24, 2018
All around the world, people are preparing. The fridges are filled; the tables are set; the gifts are wrapped and waiting under the tree. The tinsel shimmers and Sinatra sings, as the world prepares for Christmas. It’s a wonderful time, a joyful time; we should all be so excited. So why, for so many of us, does it feel so hard?
A reflection on Luke 2:1-20 given to Sanctuary, 23 December 2018 (our early Christmas service) © Alison Sampson, 2018.