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Monday Rewrite

Monday Rewrite

Familiar Bible passages, seen with new creative eyes

Monday Rewrite: Pilgrims

There was a time when this small band of pilgrims included furious, brow-furrowed fishermen, troubled tax demanders, courageous women with embalming fluid in the creases of their palms, boundless party …

Monday Rewrite: When

When disappointment hangs in the air, When plans and hopes and dreams lie lost along the way. When success must be replaced with faithful holding on, When the options and …

Monday Rewrite: The Dancer

I met her on my travels, she was going one way, me the other. She was a dancer she said, or had been when younger. Till one evening when she …

Monday Rewrite: Free Food and Drink

Two friends (1 and 2) are sitting on a crowded hillside, listening to Jesus and reacting to those around. The atmosphere resembles a trip to the cinema. 1. (Sighs) Oh …

Monday Rewrite: Hope in a Crowd

Four readers – Narrator, Jesus, Peter and Leah (the woman who has been ill) Narrator: The next day, as they landed in Capernaum, a large crowd gathered around Jesus again. …

Monday Rewrite: Excuses, Excuses

Cast: Martha – M, Sarah – S, Esther – E, God – G (a voice offstage) The three women are meeting to pray, there is a table near them with …

Monday Rewrite: The King

Long, long time ago, Or was it just today you know, A world got made from breath and dust, And people lived in open trust. And fears we’re calmed, and …

Monday Musing: Ch… ch… ch… ch… changes

In my twenties I felt bulletproof Wanted to fight for love and troof, Change the world and make it right, Wouldn’t take long… maybe overnight.   In my forties it …

Monday Rewrite: The House on the Edge

She lived on the edge of town, almost so far out that folk never quite knew where they were when they stumbled into her cottage. When I say stumbled it …

Monday Rewrite: A Splashing Clash

Peter is a natural leader, he’s spent three years sparring with Jesus, trying to show him the better way. Now here he is again, butting up against Jesus’s way. The …

Monday Rewrite: Talking to the Mirror – Mary

They want to me to be a prostitute. A fallen woman dramatically converted. But that’s ridiculous. I was never that. They are just confusing the stories that they’ve half read. …

Rewrite: Two Views

1. I’d heard plenty about him. 2. I’d heard so much too. 1. But my meeting with him wasn’t what I expected. 2. Me neither. 1. They told me he …

A thought for a Monday: Fuel for Another Day

He stood among them, surprised them, Opened the conversation with four words, ‘Peace be with you.’ How they needed it, so he said it again, ‘Peace be with you.’ Their …

Easter Monday Rewrite: Running

She is running now, her legs not moving fast enough, her heart beating like it might explode. She hadn’t understood at first, hadn’t seen clearly. Had mistaken him for someone …

For Easter: The Son

Heat, bugs, and temptation, 40 days, the pressure on, then Starts his mission, jampacked, A rollercoaster that’s a fact. Stories, wisdom, healing… A man down through the ceiling, Meets a …

Monday Rewrite: Temples

The new temple dismounts and strolls around the old temple. The sound of the crowd still ringing in his ears. Those calls for rescue and freedom. ‘Hosanna! Save us!’ The …

Monday Rewrite: It was only later

It was only later that I realised. When I woke on that morning my thoughts were a scramble, a fistfight of recollections jostling to outdo one another. I couldn’t make …

Monday Rewrite: Chained

Two Roman soldiers are chatting. 1. I’ve just spent the last 6 months fighting the barbarian hordes, oh my goodness, those peasants are revolting! They don’t use a knife and …

Monday Rewrite: Beginning Again

She looks into his eyes, as he offers his hand, and it’s as if she can see a whole universe in there. Planets coming into being, stars being birthed, comets …

Monday Rewrite: Hardwired

They found themselves in a strange world, a different world from the one they had known in their youth, one where our little stories were all that mattered, and it …

Monday Rewrite: Elijah and the angel

[From the forthcoming book Lost in the Supermarket] ‘You need something to eat,’ I said. He was sitting in the sun behind the store, looking dehydrated. I’d had a nudge …

Monday Rewrite: Hagar and the Angel

From the forthcoming book Lost in the Supermarket, Hagar meets an angel in the nappies aisle… Episode Twelve Hagar I almost tripped over her. She was slouched in the nappies …

Monday Rewrite: About Monsters

There are monsters, often small, but they cast a large shadow. Outlines that stalk us through the hours, down the corridors of the years. Wearing us down, eating into our …

Monday Rewrite: Perspectives

Numbers 13 v 25-33 One lot returned with giants in their eyes, seeing the mountains and the problems, the failings and frustrations of the land. The possible potholes and pitfalls. …

Monday Rewrite: Lost in the Supermarket?

We make our way through the maze of shelves. So much on offer, though we can barely afford it all. Special offers. Two for three. Guaranteed life changers and soul …

Monday Rewrite: Ding Dong Virtually on High

Somewhere in heaven, a few months before the first Christmas, the angels gathered. Or as we say these days, switched on their tablets, clicked on a link and zoomed one …

Monday Rewrite: The Heart of Christmas

Two shepherds are kneeling in a stable looking at the baby. 1. Is he all right? 2. Why? 1. Well, he’s very quiet, shouldn’t he cry every so often? 2. …

Monday Rewrite: The Ghost of a Chance

The house was like something from a Scooby Doo classic. Dark towers at each corner shrouded in grim shadows. Cobwebs hanging like drapes in every nook. There may well have …

Monday Rewrite: This Advent-ure

The other day, as I was out on a mission, I bumped into three people. They had all been given things to do by their boss who had gone away …

Monday Rewrite: The Plan

Three angels wonder what to do about the world’s problems. 1. The world is struggling again. We need a plan. 2. Ooh! I think we should send a committee to …

Monday Rewrite: Grandad

Joachim is chiselling a bit of wood. Anne walks in. Anne: Joachim, stop that a minute, I’ve got some news for you. Joachim: Good or bad? Anne: Well…. both really. …

Monday Rewrite: Soul Food

Now he wants to eat. Earlier, when the bread was there, right there in his hands, all he did was rip it in two and disappear. Taking them back to …

Monday Rewrite: Visible

No one should be invisible, though many of us are. Or feel it anyway. And yes, we all have times when we want to be unseen, left quietly undisturbed, in …

Monday Rewrite: Blessed

Blessed are those not offended by me, those who can cope when I break out of the boxes they put me in. Blessed are those who can adjust, can keep …

Monday Rewrite: Stranger in a Strange Place

Daniel stands in this strange place. Hearing the pronouncement that he has a new name now. The last vestige of familiarity fading away. Everything he is, grabbed by the collar …

Monday Rewrite: Troubles

He knows that they worry, understands that it’s a human trait to do so. Can see the concern and questions etched in the furrows of their brows, in the lines …

Monday Rewrite: The Cave

Imagine the scene, a gloomy cave in the middle of nowhere, and a power player desperate to relieve himself. Maybe he ate the wrong things the night before, or the …

Monday Rewrite: A Lost E-pistle from Rahab

top-pro@citywall.ex-jericho to joshua@conqueringhero.jericho-rubble Dear Sir Just wanted to thank you for saving my life. And for honouring your promise and preserving my family too. When your boys knocked on my …

Monday Rewrite: A Lost E-pistle from Rahab

top-pro@citywall.ex-jericho to joshua@conqueringhero.jerichorubble Dear Sir Just wanted to thank you for saving my life. And for honouring your promise and preserving my family too. When your boys knocked on my …

Monday Rewrite: A New Start

Like so many, she was trying to construct a life from things she found in the market stalls. And she had a gift for it, no doubt. Spotting the best …

Monday rewrite: Two Experts

Jesus looks at him, sees beyond the public face, hears the unspoken questions. ‘What are life’s most important rules,’ the man had asked, seeing if his question could upend this …

Monday Rewrite: The Word

Once upon a time, in the beginning, a story was told, a Word was heard. And the Word was Hope. And this Word had legs, and a voice, and a …

Monday Rewrite: Sea of Broken Dreams

So many of us sail on the sea of broken dreams, Disappointed with life and all that it seems To offer us. Not what we imagined when we were young. …

Monday Rewrite: Nazareth Man

Well, he came walking out of the desert,With a humble purpose burning in his eye,A man on a mission, a small town boyReady to live and die.Well, he walked through …

Monday Rewrite: The King and His Kids

by Lynn and Dave Hopwood There was a king with a palace full of family and subjects. One day one of his sons, Jake, came to him and asked for …

Monday Rewrite: Chaos

You know how it is when your life feels out of control. Others seem to have got hold of the reins and they’re steering you off course, moving the furniture …