Beauty and brokenness…

#317 As part of a #quietday I went for a walk today. On recommendation I decided to seek out the pretty #poppyfield, and it was truly beautiful. Unfortunately I ended up getting hopelessly lost, stuck in crop fields which looked like they would lead me to a road and then tracks abruptly stopped. For a time this felt like an adventure, but I became a little worried when more than an hour had passed, I did not know where I was, did not know which way was back and did not have a phone signal! When did we begin relying on technology so much that we leave home without a map, and ignore footpaths?! Perhaps the old, traditional #mapandcompass is the best way!!

Ethics of Mission

#272 What are the #ethicsofchristianmission? Is there a right way to #proclaimthegospel? “Preach the gospel and if necessary use words.” #saintfrancisofassisi
Myself and my colleague delivered a presentation on the ethics of mission yesterday. Perhaps we could say that God-centred mission involved #love, #humility and #service as three key components…all are inter-related and all are characteristics of Jesus. #shareyourthoughts 

The Universe

“In the ocean of the universe, a single stone and ripple changes it forever.”

Wm. Paul Young, Eve.

Prayer

Prayer makes the soul like God; when the soul wills what God wills, it is then in a state like God, as it is like God in nature.

Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich

With Age Comes Wisdom

#145 So #bettythetortoise has grown! I last saw her in September and she seemed really small then! Even as fully grown adults our bodies are in a constant state of change but it is more obvious, and somehow more exciting, when little people and little animals are growing! I wonder what she is thinking, I wonder what she can do now, that she couldn’t do in September…I wonder whether #growing bigger means becoming #wiser as we often hope it does. (at Upper Parkstone, Poole)

Christ has no body but yours…

#47 Yesterday I made friends with this beautiful tortoise and it made me think about the huge richness and diversity of God’s #creation. This reflection was further developed in quite a lively debate in the evening. I was asked why God would allow people and creatures to suffer…. The simple answer is that I just don’t know, but neither do I think that God “allows” us to suffer. I wonder whether it is a deeper question about God and His transcendence versus His immanence. Perhaps God relies on His people to intervene in other people’s suffering…In the words of St Teresa of Avila:
“Christ has no body but yours; no hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes with which His compassion looks out upon this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands, with which He blesses all the world.” (at Upper Parkstone, Poole)

Take The First Step

#28 #martinlutherking said that “faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”. #faith requires us to be brave, to trust something or someone, to believe without evidence or proof! #morningprayer #john1v43-51