have had a hell of a day today, beginning with a delayed and stressful train
journey. By the time I got home, I felt like I needed one of the stunning
the-heavens-proclaim-the-glory-of-God sunsets we regularly get here on the east
coast. Instead, I got the faithfulness of the first twinkling stars, appearing
despite cloud cover, despite light pollution. A different proclamation, a
quieter one – if we can differentiate the volume of silent proclamation – and
perhaps the one I actually needed to hear today...
meditation focused on the idea that Jesus is all in all: that he can be found
in various ways, including symbolically, and that where we find Jesus that
place – or person – is given back to us, renewed.
photo is of the floor of our chapel. In the spaces between the stones, not only
the form of a cross but the form of a man on a cross, his head tilted to one
side. Jesus is found in the ‘negative’ or ‘in-between’ space; and a floor that
might be considered in need of renewing – of polishing and re-pointing – is
renewed by Christ alone.
in the park, my attention was caught by one remaining yellow leaf on an
otherwise bare tree. It spoke to me of love. Love that endures the storm, that
holds fast. Love that will have to let go, when the time comes; but, please
God, not quite yet. And when the yellow leaf falls, in dying, it will give its
life back to the tree that gave it life. For when we fall in love, we die to
year for Advent I will be taking part in the Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar. Each day they will send participants a short meditation, on a key
word, and invite us to pray and then over the course of the day to take and
post a photo that expresses that word on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. I’ll
be posting to Facebook, and copying the image here.