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Beyond the Study

The comfortable security
gently draws me in.
The old leather arm chair
sits in the corner waiting
to envelope, to take me home,
back to a time and place
which no longer exists
with the charm and charisma
of wonderful nostalgia.
The leather smell releases
as I sink deep into the chair
which empowers the dreamer
to dig deep into the soul.
I close my eyes to explore
the space and place I have
been brought – past, present, future?
None of it beyond reckoning –
I am outside time and space.
I sit at the top of a castle tower,
overpowered by darkness.
Light clusters around a small candle
to my left – I reach out for it
and take it as I tentatively lean
towards the top of the steps
the urge to step out and explore
overtakes me…and I go!

Sorrows and joys

#444 As part of #eveningprayer this evening we were invited to #symbolise giving our #sorrows and #joys to God by releasing stones to represent our sorrows and petals to represent our joys. The stones sink in the water, in the same way that God envelops and surrounds them for us and with us. Equally the petals float, just as God holds our joys with us and encourages us to flourish in them. Tonight I #pray that all those with sorrows on their heart might be held and #comforted by God, and that those with joy would be encouraged to #flourish. Amen.

The robin

#344 It’s funny how people who have recently been bereaved find comfort in the presence of something their loved one liked or admired. We met this beautiful #robin yesterday who danced around us for a good few minutes, and was just lovely. #godinnature #presenceofgod

#216 The #comfort of the #presenceofgod was hugely over-powering during this worship. With Rachmaninoff Vespers playing, incense burning, the opportunity to light candles, or just sit and pray the atmosphere was immense! Thank you for #inspirationalcolleagues (at Cuddesdon)

#44 #home and #comfort are perhaps things that we have come to take for granted in some parts of the world. Yesterday was a bit of a chilly day and I spent much of the day on the sofa reading. I felt comfortable, safe and secure, as I pray many of us do at home. With the #refugeecrisis however I expect the #refugeecamps are a very different picture, with very little comfort or homeliness. When it’s cold, many people will just have to be cold, when it rains, their clothes are wet. They don’t have a wardrobe of clothes to consult, often they have only what they stand up in. In our #morningprayer reading yesterday Jesus was asked about entering the Kingdom of God. He said ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ I’m not sure that Jesus was referring to literal wealth as much as a mindset regarding how you use, or do not use your wealth. Equally, I would not consider myself a rich person at all, but as I think about the disparity between my home, comfort and possessions, and those of #refugees in #calais, the only conclusion I can come to is that I must act. How could we do anything but say #refugeeswelcome – after all we are ALL children of God, aren’t we?
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/crying-out-for-calais (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

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