#368 A further #exploration of our area took us on a walk to #iffleylock – an area which was scenic and held solitude and companionship alongside each other. My attention was taken by the water, which mirrors back what surrounds it. We probably look at our #reflection in the mirror a number of times a day, but does the reflection truly honour what is before it. Does it show the true beauty of the soul? As #thewaterboys put it, “I’m gonna’ look twice at you until I see the Christ in you, when I’m looking through the eyes of love.”
#367 Today I went in search of Cuddesdon’s #lonelytree and here it is! It seemed quite apt to post about it as I was thinking about future ministry as I walked wondering about the contrast of living in such a busy, vibrant community which #eatspraysandlaughs together compared with a #curacy which may well only involve one key relationship with a training incumbent. Loneliness can find its way through a crowded room just as easily though. How do we guard against it? Can loneliness be a good emotion, which helps us to appreciate those around us more? Perhaps, but if we #standtogether it might just make it a little easier. #dosomethinglovelytoday @EndLonelinessUK @mindcharity @webofloneliness
#366 The #angelofthenorth marks my final post for my first year of #ministerialeducation. Sir Anthony Gormley designed the sculpture to be a #beaconofhope at a painful #timeoftransition from the #industrialage to the #informationage. It certainly is something that many visit…so much so that I struggled to photograph it without people. We all need a beacon of hope at times – what do you look to? #angels …#god…#family
#365 As I confronted my desire for solitude and disappointment with the huge numbers of people flocking onto #lindisfarne #holyisland I was reminded of Jesus’ promise to make his disciples #fishersofmen whilst looking out at a small fishing boat. It made me think about marketisation of places of pilgrimage and whether it is a good or bad thing?
#364 #psalm46 “Be still and know that I am God.” I’ve been reflecting on this since Sunday when I went to St Michael’s Church #alnwick who were thinking about different ways to pray. It is difficult not to know God in our #naturalworld where there are so many displays of His #power and #glory. Being still within that is a #discipline that seems really difficult to observe in the business of everyday life…it’s my challenge this week! Would anyone like to join me?
#363 Decided to @visitscotland as it is only an hour away. #melroseabbey was a beautiful place of great history with a sacred atmosphere. The #religiouslife has interested me for many years – what draws men and women to give up everything for a life of prayer and service? It must be a life of rich blessing and fulfilment! Today I #pray for all who live in religious communities, as well as those #exploringacall to the religious life.