I’ve not blogged for a few weeks as I had a writing week (for my MA dissertation research), then a week of leave to rest and recharge. Amidst the rest I met this lovely duck as the sun went down one evening. She was swimming with her 11 ducklings, and yet she had such a sense of calm around her as she trod water, and stayed visible as her ducklings zoomed around excitedly. She seemed to feel the smile of God shining down on her; so assured of herself and her focus in the sacrament of this moment. It made me question, is it any wonder that I so often feel overwhelmed with so much going on in my head, rather than focusing on this moment, this sacred space and just deal with what that presents…? Is it possible to live within this simplicity and the sacrament of now, whilst also managing to achieve all that needs to be achieved?
It seemed like a simple question, and yet I was frozen on the spot…how could I answer? It wasn’t the kind of enquiry which might result in a request of some sort, but rather an extension of “how are you?”
As I walked out into the city the next day, on my day off, I ways struck by this street art, which for me depicted the hands of God breaking through, drawing me to rest. Busyness is such a complex concept – but do we dare to not seek it?
#473 Today I #pray for the woman who I met at the fuel station struggling to put air into her tyres. #Forgive me for my initial frustration, and thank you for opening my eyes to her tears and need. I wonder whether her anguish may have been caused by a recent #bereavement, perhaps of someone who used to do this for her. I pray for calm and peace in her panicked heart, I pray that she safely reached her destination. May she feel cared for and reassured. I also pray for men and women who have lost their partners in life as they struggle to learn to do things for themselves. Father guide them and protect them and grant them your peace. Amen.
#357 As we walked through a busy city park the other day, we were really surprised to see these beautiful #deer basking in the shade, seemingly protected from the crowds by a slight hill. I was amazed at how peaceful they looked…if only I could be that peaceful amidst crowds of people, and pressure to get things done and move on! #findpeaceinthemidstofchaos