Tea and Theology



Here and now

#574 I’ve struggled to #liveinthemoment for the past few days, with various reminders that my time at theological college is #finite, and the end point is in sight. Each of us for whom this is the case are responding to this reality in different ways. I am very aware of the pain of losing those who I had grown so close to last year, and want to #cherish each moment I have here before leaving all of those who I have grown close to. I have struggled to focus on my current essay, or the person who I am having a conversation with now, as I feel my head is being turned and my attention taken. Indeed there is much to think about surrounding the changes which will occur over the next few months such as clergy shirts and robes to order, housing to finalise, final reports to write and consult over as well as a consideration of how to make all that I have learned and thought about at college count in my future ministry. These things have been swimming around my head and keeping me awake well into the wee small hours of late, but it seems pointless to worry about these things – easier said than done! How difficult it is to focus on today, to live in the here and now, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t bring its benefits though. What is on your heart to think about or do today? #seizethemoment




#520 This is Max for #day4 of Happy Animal Life. The goal is to post a picture of your pet once a day for 5 days. Your post demonstrates that you take a stand against #animalabuse. Pets share their lives with us for a time and all too quickly they are gone – make the most of each moment!Nominate two people a day to continue with this.
Today I nominate Simon Whittaker and Ali Tuckley


#451 One persons rubbish is another’s #treasure. It always amazes me how differently people might view the same thing, where some see it very positively and others negatively. There ismore than one way of seeing something, so should we be looking more carefully for the alternative potential of that which we are quick to discard? #cherish


#433 Today has been one of those #productive days where I’ve had that feeling of #beingunderground – I’ve barely looked up from what I’ve been doing, and just moved from one thing to the next. Consequently I’ve been in danger of not #livinginthemoment, of not cherishing each aspect of the day and each interaction. I believe life is a great gift, one which needs to be #livedlovedandcherished – how often do you, like me, not get past the living?

Wisdom of literature 

#361 #literature continues to give knowledge to all who willingly seek. There are so many lessons to be learned, so much wisdom from people and times gone by who we think would know nothing of our contemporary struggles. #books are a gift to be cherished, however old or new…

#184 what do you #cherish? This identity bracelet represents some of the things I cherish, #faith #home #memories

It’s really easy to get caught up in the drudge of the every day, and forget to hold these things close and remember how #weareblessed …but we are! The greatest blessing for me is to cherish and to be cherished. How about you? (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

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