As I write these words a few days after the death of Queen Elizabeth the Second, my mind is full of all kinds of thoughts. The stillness of the sea, taken a few days ago, as the sun dropped below the horizon.
The thoughts and prayers of millions of people, joined together in one focus, one prayer. So many thoughts and words and hopes.
A unique human being with a profound faith in the God of Love.
The Lord bless you and keep you, and make his face to shine upon you, now and forever.
Our faith, both strong and weak. Where are you at this point in your walk of faith? Mine moves constantly, to be perfectly honest. Plenty of endings and beginnings , Light and darkness. Hope and fear.
Jesus Christ with us, is the simple statement for this moment.. With us always. The women rushing to the tomb at the beginning of the third day after Jesus’ death. The angel greeting them; ‘He (Jesus) is not here, He is risen’. It all started there, here, in our lives. Every moment of your life and mine….and beyond.
Psalm 34 verse 8….’ Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him’. Mountains in Kerry, on the west coast of Scotland. God’s glory in the whole of creation .
As we stood and took in the view, we were speechless, because words seemed inadequate. ‘Taste and see…’ says the Psalmist. Enjoy the place and the moment. Stop and take it in. Don’t move, just observe, both inward and outward.
Write down what you sense and feel and hope …… let your hopes and fears rest before the God of Love.
If you can’t verbalise anything, just take refuge in the God of love, in this moment of connection. You are not lost, but found…..Praise God!
See if you can spot what are called ‘cup and ring’ markings, created 20,000 years at the end of the last Ice age, on the Kintyre peninsula in the West of Scotland.
These ‘cup and ring’ marks were made by humans, who followed the end of the Ice Age. Throughout human history there has been a constant interplay between belief and understanding of our place in the world.
We could head into territory about belief and understanding, and the answers would be very diverse. We have the record of a saying of Jesus from 2000 years ago, when he was talking about who he was. In John’s Gospel, he simply says, ‘I and the Father are one.’…in a moment when crowds were demanding some answers from him.
Does Jesus solve the problem, or does he simply make it more difficult to understand? You will have your own reflections and ideas. But the answer is entirely yours and unique to you.
Those early engravings capture our attention because they allow us to make a connection with our ancestors. Jesus is very clear when he reminds us that the Father and Son are one. How that works out in our faith journey is the exciting part