This is John Donne’s Holy Sonnet 15. The last two lines…. if all I ever preach is that, I’ll have done ok…. Wilt thou love God as he thee ? then digest, My soul, this wholesome meditation, How God the Spirit, by angels waited on In heaven, doth make His temple in thy breast. The… Continue reading Advent poetry
We had a wonderful Carol Celebration last night. Lots of amazing people putting lots of energetic skills into producing something fantastic and moving and welcoming. At the end, Patient Colleague was thanking everybody, and commented on the hours of rehearsal. There were few wry smiles. The practicalities of living in The City means that getting… Continue reading Hours of rehearsal or….
Various arrangements have changed around me over the last few days – nothing new there, and nothing unusual, or specific to me; it happens to many of us at various points. Reflecting on it in Advent has me wondering about God and plans; it’s not a new thought, but I wonder if Mary was the… Continue reading Improvised Advent
Today’s advent noticing is about not being ready! Because I am not ready! I am not ready for Christmas, I am not ready for the meeting tonight, I was not ready for the Weekly Event that is Tuesday (though, with grace and good will, it went off ok) I am not ready for the things… Continue reading Another Advent noticing….
Today, I have been battling with finding words. So here’s a picture. It moves me every time
I’ve been thinking more about that last post; that ideal of going slowly and reflectively enough through the days to notice what is going on. And it still remains something I would love to do. And that since I wrote it, I have singularly failed to do….though there have been moments of deep grace and… Continue reading Seeing and not seeing…
Today has been a day full of “bits” – all of them good bits, but all of them rather disjointed. I am grateful that I can do this, and delighted that my life is full of so many bits…and that they are rewarding, smile inducing, friendly and creative, which they have been today. But I… Continue reading And breathe….