Forget Me Not: A Short Story

PRESCRIPT: Like the other short story, “Kintsukuroi” that I have posted on this blog, the idea and shape of “Forget Me Not” pretty much occurred to me in its entirety. For various reasons, it took a little longer to write; and I have sat on it for a few months, tinkering with it here and there. But I now feel that it’s at least in presentable shape. Enjoy! Continue reading “Forget Me Not: A Short Story”

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I’m Sorry, I’m Leaving You…But You Can Come With Me

This is it. This is the end.

Well, not the end. But an end.

The end of this particular blog, at any rate. After however many years posting my thoughts, prayers, and reflections on faith and a whole lot of other stuff, I’m pulling the plug, switching off the lights, enacting whatever other metaphor or cliché comes to mind.

Which isn’t to say I’m falling silent, or that I’ll be deleting this blog. Rather it’s for two reasons.

The first is that my podcast Ergasia is going to be my primary focus of attention from now on. If you wan to know what I’m thinking and getting up to, then head on over. I’d love to bump into you again.

The second is that I have a new blog! It’s called Working the Lectionary. In this blog, I’ll be trying to create a resource for people who want to look at the readings from the weekly Revised Common Lectionary and integrate those readings into their experience of work and their reflections on the economic structures of the world. So come on down and check it out, too…I’d love to have you along for the ride.

But that, for now and on this blog, is all. If you want to check out some of my old sermons from previous years (and apparently some of you do) this will be the place to do it. But for new stuff – you have the links above.

My thanks to everyone who’s ever taken the time to comment, like, criticise, or follow this blog. You’ve made it more than worthwhile, and you will never know how grateful to you I am. So until we meet again – go well, and may God go with you and come between you and harm in all the places you must walk.

Blessings,

Brendan Byrne

The Autumn Leaves Have Fallen

Cover TextFolks who know me also know that I have an abiding interest in Chinese and Japanese culture and history – and that from this interest, I also have an interest in writing verse modelled on two traditional Japanese poetic forms: haiku and tanka.

Thanks to the encouragement of a couple of people who were kind (or foolhardy) enough to suggest I do so, I have gathered together a collection of such verse under the title The Autumn Leaves Have Fallen. It is available through Lulu in printed and ebook (epub) form – and will be available through wider distribution networks (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc) soon.

Here is the link where you can buy the book:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/BrendanByrne

Kintsukuroi: A Short Story

PRESCRIPT: This is a short story, the idea for which occurred to me – seemingly out of the blue – almost in its entirety earlier this week. In terms of total writing time, it only took a few hours spread over a couple of days.  For those unfamiliar with the title, “kintsukuroi” is the Japanese art of mending broken pots and bowls, based on the philosophy that they are all the more beautiful for having been broken.  

Kintsikuroi: a short story by Brendan Byrne. © Brendan Byrne 2017. All rights reserved.

He did not know where the idea came from, or when it first occurred to him. He just looked out the window one day and thought: that space needs a bonsai garden. Continue reading “Kintsukuroi: A Short Story”

Romans 12: 9-21 (indirectly, Matthew 16: 21-28)

Some time ago on social media, I saw a picture of a message board, apparently outside a church, which read: Love your enemies – it messes with their minds. Now, there is a certain amount of both humour and cynicism in this message; but at another level, it actually points us toward not just what some may regard as the counter-intuitive heart of Christian faith, but also Christianity’s movement toward a state of being that is contrary to our nature as humans. Continue reading “Romans 12: 9-21 (indirectly, Matthew 16: 21-28)”