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Something valuable deep inside


showing people their own worth

Absolutely love this.

I feel so deeply that showing others that they have something inside them that is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of trust and that is sacred is something that is so powerful and frees people to be themselves and experience life more fully.

I feel it’s been part of the privilege of the journey I’ve walked with some of my friends who live on the streets near my home. I wrote about that here. As they have been shown their value by people loving them, listening to them, trusting them, some of them seem to have changed and seem to love and respect themselves and those around them more. What an honor to have the opportunity to show another person their own worth.


For you, a blessing


I’m re-posting this from Elora Nicole, because I thought it was beautiful.

Stop for a second.

Breathe in deep. Close your eyes. Open them again.
See the beauty in the every day.

Know that the Creator lives and moves and breathes within you.
So those dreams? Risk them.
Those words? Write them.
Those hopes? Believe them.

Sink deep into His embrace.
Know He’s on your side

And in these moments, these every day moments, may you see glimpses of the Divine
shimmering against the mundane
wiping out to worry, crashing against those brick walls

Embrace those waves of freedom, child.
leaving words and hope in their wake.

Always look for the beauty,
the trail of magic dust left behind from the Spirit’s touch
Breathe this in daily –

drawing strength from particles bubbling up like effervescent promises.

The Model


Born in someone else’s outhouse, shared with animals

Buried in a borrowed tomb, dependent on the kindness of strangers

He who had every right and ability

To have more than everything He needed

Chose to depend on others

Chose to have nothing of His own

Chose to model vulnerability

And instruct his disciples in it

“Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.” *

Not having a car in Cape Town for a couple of years overall has been a serious challenge. Public transport is limited and only available by day. I’ve had to learn to ask for and receive help. It’s eroded some of the negative independence I accumulated living in London, where I was able to get wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted since I was 16. It’s been painful. I’ve squirmed and fought it. Wanted to repay or back away. But I know God has been teaching me to be dependent on Him and interdependent on others. To be vulnerable.

In western society independence is elevated

Revered as supremely important

Strived for

Seen as a great virtue.

We want to be in a position to do it ourselves

Not to need anything from others

So we won’t be let down or lacking.

But there’s a man who demonstrates a different way

Tells His followers and friends to go out with nothing

Encourages them to depend on community and on God.

It’s uncomfortable

To admit we don’t know

Don’t have what we need

To reach the end of ourselves

To recognise we can’t make it happen

Can’t have everything tied up, controlled, neatly resolved.

But as we lay down our security and comfort

Our pride, self-sufficiency and independence

As we wait for Him to reveal himself

He invites us to rely on Him

To rely on our community

To let them in

He invites us into the freedom

Of the ability of ask for help

And the ability to receive it.

Because we will never fully experience

The love of God or the love of those around us

If we don’t sometimes chose that vulnerability.


Thanks to Dave Meldrum, who’s Good Friday reflections service was the starting point for these thoughts.

* Luke 9:3 The Bible, New International Version

All poems and original writing on this blog are Copyright © Hilary Murdoch 2013




Intentional pursuit of freedom

In myself,

In others.

I’m sad when I see

people settling.

Settling for less freedom

than they could have.

Tied up, restricted,

a shadow of their full selves.

Not accessing

what’s freely offered to them.


Not a licence for chaos

Not a license for selfishness or boundary-less-ness

which could hurt others,

or ourselves.


from what holds us back


from fear, from sorrow, from bitterness, from past hurts, from anger,

from stuff we don’t have to settle with.


to be all we can be.


to be the fullness of you.

Don’t settle.

That freedom is available.

Pursue it.


All poems and original writing on this blog are Copyright © Hilary Murdoch 2013