Dorrigo Life


let's help each other shine


Walking up the main street of Dorrigo a few days ago, I crossed paths with a friend I  hadn’t seen for a while.  We were just chatting about things that happen and changes that come and she said something that had me scrabbling around the bottom of my bag for a pen.  She is one of the reasons I love this community; a transitional place between ocean and hinterland, with a crispness in the air that corresponds to a keen conversational habit of getting to the point.

“In any community it is our responsibility to help each other shine, and that’s all.” Fran

All I can say is ‘amen to that’ . To build up and not tear down, to encourage and not douse a flicker of hope, to be the spit and polish for someone who fell over and got a bit grubby and not the tar and feathers that stick and hurt like blazes to get rid of, to be a solution and not a problem.



“O Captain! my Captain!” Hebrews 2:10


rough sea good sailor

I loved watching ‘Dead Poets Society” for the first time. Having observed it numerous times since as a High School English teacher, the glamour has dimmed, but a few images are still  potent…Walt Whitman as the “sweaty-toothed madman” and the subsequent reference to Abraham Lincoln as the captain who sees his crew safely home yet dies in the attempt.

“O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won”
If you have seen the movie you will remember Ethan Hawke as the first to stand up and pledge allegiance to his ‘captain’.
What prize did those boys win? I think it was their integrity and courage in a rough sea.

Every one I have heard of who has sailed solo around the world did not train exclusively in calm waters or reject the wisdom of those who had gone before them. Jesus is my Captain. He  is our prize, our coach , our encourager, our support, our chart, and our compass. He is our spiritual rations, the bread of heaven and the water of life. We will weather every trial and storm because Jesus knows the waters we sail in very well. He is and always will be the Captain and unlike all others, death could not hold Him down…it can’t hold you down either.