Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Great and small

"Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love."
(1 Corinthians 13:13)

Sometimes, things just fit together in this wee blog; just as sometimes in life, tiny baby steps take us to a place where the bigger picture may suddenly be hugely appreciable. I'm indebted to my gorgeous friend Christine, who I first met when we were mini-kilted convent girls and re-united with on here, for sharing the "Ten Ways to Love" with me. I'm also grateful to my new friend Anthony for sharing the wonderful "drummer" version of "How Great Thou Art", performed by members of the World Outreach Church. I don't know much about WOC, beyond that they're an interdenominational and pastoral ministry, originally based in Tennessee, USA: you can find them at: As a frustrated drummer who hasn't got her bodhran organised yet, I've listened to this version of a much loved hymn over and over until finding the right post for it.
The words and music here seem to compliment each other seamlessly; a real marrying up of the simplicity of little ways of grace and the greatness of being. And in fact, Christine's marriage to Colin and Anthony's with Abby are both inspirational unions: this post is for them.
I've had a couple of friends moan that some of my posts are too long. This may or may not be shorter, but how long is a piece of string before it ceases to be a piece and becomes a length? Similarly, my sister and brother-in-law fret that my blog seems too Catholic; other Catholic friends, who are infinitely more learned about the church then me, feel "it isn't Catholic enough". All I can say is that I try to make this blog as open and honest as possible because that is what I crave from people and from life. Brighton, friends, being Catholic, animals, poetry, flowery frocks, Springsteen and treacle tart all make me happy. I suspect at least some of these things will make some other people happy too; for others, this humble blog will never be enough of one thing or may seem too much of the other.

I'm actually hurting about something right now, critically aware of my own smallness. This blog generally and this post at this particular moment are my own little steps to the bigger picture; if it can soothe somebody else then I also feel blessed by that.
The little steps in the Ten Ways to Love are literally as old as the hills on the Sinai Peninsula. They may appear removed from the grandeur and solemnity of the Ten Commandments, but look again. If we could all truly achieve these Ten Ways to Love, surely we wouldn't need to be reminded not to lie, cheat, steal or harm?
May each sunrise bring you hope and every sunset, peace. May all your little steps bring you into being as great as you can be.

"How Great Thou Art" World Outreach Church
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
(Mother Teresa)

"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
(Lao Tzu) 

"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."
(Carl Sagan)

"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see".
(C.S. Lewis)

"One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak."
(G.K. Chesterton)

"Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message."
(Malcolm Muggeridge)


  1. Thank you Gisele xxx MASSIVE BIG HUGS xxx to you hun. I love this and this is one of my most fave hymns.
    You can't please everyone all of the time, just carry on with what you are doing, I love your blogs and I find some of your pieces extremely comforting when I need them. Take care, loads of love to you xxx

    1. You are so very welcome Chrissie; love and hugs to you and all the family xx Mind you, your mini-kilt was much more mini than mine!! Have I mentioned that before?? xxx

  2. BIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Massive SIGH.............. I am sure you imagine this mini klt hun lol

    1. Remember Julie said she had photographic proof! No, I don't quite imagine it; but I'm sure many old boys from St Joseph's do... :) OK I'll stop teasing you! xx

  3. You shouldn't accept criticism on your blog, much less acknowledge it on here. It's yours, it's personal, therefore it is perfect. Nothing else matters, or really shouldn't matter to you at least.

    1. Hello sweetie!! No, you should ACCEPT criticism as someone else's opinion. Whether or not you act on it is another matter! When people say you can't be all things to all people, it's not strictly true. People often see you as they need to see you, and that's fine. Essentially,I suppose we each of us can be all things to others; it doesn't dilute who we are to ourselves. And very very rarely are we "nothing" to someone: it takes a lot of energy to ignore someone. xxx

  4. I dont mind your teasing hun xxxx

    1. No really Chrissie, it wasn't that short; not while we were able to carry you everywhere...:) You know I love you missus xx