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Reminders

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#577 #symbols and #reminders are all around us as things we surround ourselves with. We may even disclose aspects of our identity through them. I’ve worn a cross in the past to remind me to think before I speak, to avoid reacting. This particular #celticcross has a circle around the intersection to symbolise the eternal love of God. The vertical stem serves as a reminder to look up to #heaven for #wisdom, whilst the horizontal arms are about finding #balance and taking care in those daily interactions. It also serves as a reminder of Jesus’ death on the cross. Do these reminders really help to shape our #behaviours in the moment? Should we be seeking to control our reactions, or should we allow greater #authenticity? would people get hurt if we were more reactionary?

Transience

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#561 I rarely stay still, but sometimes the #distance between one place and another can feel #short and easy, at other times it feels #immense and challenging. The #challenging elements of the journey are the times when I grow the most, but that knowledge doesn’t make it any easier. Creating a #safespace and doing what feeds me does help though – pitching a tent to create that safe space and reading the #wisdom of those before me might be one example of this. What feeds you?

If this sky could talk…

#540 #creatorgod #beautyinnature If this #sky could talk what would it be saying? What #wisdom would it offer the world it looks down upon? Would it be pleased with all it sees?

Search for wisdom

#510 #thedoortowisdom #spiritualdirection #whereigotoclearmyhead #unpackinglife 

Falling away

#469 In the wake of recent political turns, both near and far, it seems like much of what I have known is falling away. #uncertaintimes #prayersforwisdom #prayers for peace

Wisdom of trees

#460 My evening with #youthgroup ended with #starsparklers which I’ve never seen before!!! Sat round a #fire with #hotchocolate, #toastingmarshmallows we talked about what the fire and #trees might tell us if they could talk…put roots down and live for now – don’t put it off until later because you’re busy were some of the wisest insights! #lovemywork 

International day of the girl child

#441 It seemed incredibly apt to come across this girl holding the #flameofwisdom on #internationaldayofthegirl It’s beyond shocking that even in our world today the girl child can be put to death at birth in some cultures for simply not being a boy. How much does society give #equalvalue to men and women alike? Where does it fail?

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…

End of Office

#295 Finally the presidential staff has been passed on. I have been the President of the Common Room at college since October, and the initials on the staff are a testament of those who have gone before me. It has genuinely been a joy and a privilege, and I have loved every minute of it. Equally though, I am keen to watch others grow in a role which contributes so strongly to #formation for ministry. Today I pray for all those in positions of leadership, that they may be blessed with #wisdom and #discernment, #humility and #grace. Amen.

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