Messengers of light..

Angels……stained glass window….reality…or fiction? All I can say is that in my exerience, angels do turn up at the right moment! Not announced in a big fanfare, but gently walking alongside, and guiding and understanding and helping to change direction or see more clearly.

The depiction above in a stained glass window speaks of the multitude of angels that surround us and guide us and uphold us as we make our way through our lives. The writer of Hebrews, in the New Testament, speaks of how often without recognising the Angelic visitors in our days and moments, we can ‘entertain angels’ without knowing!!!

Much to think about!

On top of the world….

The hill is Roseberry Topping, in the Cleveland hills. A unique hill in a landscape of much variation….dependent on the underlying rocks and their variation of weathering.

We too are affected and changed by the chances and changes of life and how we deal and react to them. There are many challenges for each of us, each and every day. Some are energising, others are draining.

In the middle of all that comes our way, may we always know the strengh of the Holy Spirit in our moments and days.

Setting…..

The setting sun can sometimes paint its own picture for us to reflect upon. It is the ending of the day but the beginning of the night and starlight. The photograph captures the transitional moment from light to darkness.

This moment can be reflected in our lives as we move from one stage to another. As you read this you may be experiencing you own time of setting. The day light transitioning into the star light. Without the setting there would be no starlight.

You may be reading this as you are moving through your own transition. It may be a question of hope or fear, direction and steps to take. In my experience through all the twists and turns of life, I often remind myself of the words of the Risen Jesus to his friends (including us)….‘I am with you always even until the end of the world‘.

Not sometimes, not when you or I call out…but always. Not leaving, but being always present. As sure as the sun sets and rises.

Eternal life….

Jesus said… ‘whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4;14

We recentlyhad the wonderful experience of going to St Winefrid’s Well at Holywell in North Wales. A big thanks to our friends, Alan and Ruth, for suprising us with the most wonderul experience! St Winefrid’s is the oldest continually visited pilgrim site in Britain.

One could sense the power of Jesus’ words in St John’s Gospel as the water bubbled up. The stone worn where generations of people have come for healing, help, guidance, peace. At one point I became utterly overwhelmed by the power of the place and the moment. The power and love of the Holy Spirit poured out in the symbol of the water.

I have no more to say, apart from silence and my prayers for each of you who read this today….that you might know the refreshing of the |Holy Spirit in your heart and soul.

Blessings and peace,

Barrie

Take a step….

How is your ‘step taking these days? I’m thinking that with all that is going on in the world and in our individual lives, steps may be a little tentative, with a degree of holding back and waiting.

I’ve used doors, as a metaphor, in other blogs, basically because they get us thinking about our own journey and where we sense our life journey is taking us. There may be no easy answer to this, but I believe the image of doors can help us unblock something that is holding us back.

Take a moment to look closely at the door in the photograph. Make a note of words or phrases that might pop into your consciousness as you observe it. Your reflection is unique to you.

I note that the latch is on this side of the door. It is down to me to make a move. I can stay where I am, or I can take a step or steps to find what is beyond the obvious.

Simply a step of faith, but requiring courage and perhaps a ‘stepping out’ from a comfort zone.

May your journey go well….

Flight….


….they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
(Isaiah 40 verse 31)

Well not exactly an eagle, but nevertheless definitely a bird, soaring aloft, and experiencing the power of flight!

The prophet Isaiah creates a wonderful image as he describes the power of God’s Spirit and how it might feel to be caught up in the movement of God in our lives. The inner strength that lifts us, moves us, whispers to us, surrounds us. Every moment of every day, even when we are weary and uncertain.

Alone?

Seemingly so! Just the one solitary poppy, bursting into life and colour. But surrounded by other poppies, preparing themselves for flowering and holding their heads high!

There are moments for each of us when we can feel alone. Personal circumstances, life choices, the list is endless. The picture reveals that the single poppy is not alone. It speaks to me about how so much is seemingly hidden, but is actually in plain sight. We just have to change our perspective and look more widely; open our senses.

Here are some words from Psalm 130 verse 5; ‘I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.’

Immersion….

I spotted this photograph as I was looking through my photographs for inspiration; something I do each time I write a blog. Sometimes it is the thought that starts me off, and I search for an appropriate photograph.

Today, the photograph spoke to me. It drew me in because of the vibrant colours of the leaves, photographed a couple of years ago. The light and dark, the shadows and the hint of blue sky in the background.

It speaks to me of the richness of the natural world and the palette of colours available to the Creator.

I feel like I have been wrapped by the vibrancy of the colours and I want to be immersed for a moment in what the Creator offers. The love of God held out for all of us. No, ‘ you’re in and you are out ‘….all are welcome! Think on that for a moment as you fix your gaze on the scene!

Pulling the plug…..

A large outdoor plug hole. Unusual, suprising and in a strange way captivating. The phrase ‘pulling the plug’, has a sense of ending with the possibility of new directions.

You may be going through such a moment in your life as you read this. The photograph captures the movement of water from a banked river to a human contsructed hole! There are times in life when we may be drifting along quite positively and then we suddenly get ‘caught up’ in a disturbing moment, which comes unannounced.

Here are some words from the Gospel of John; Jesus speaks these words…’The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

There is reassurance in these words. Pulling the plug, taking a new direction, seeing differently are other phrases that we could use.

I pray that you will not be afraid of new directions or the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit of God.

Refuge..

‘But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.'(Psalm 24; 22).

I have no idea what your response is to this offering from Psalm 24. There is the sense of the imovable and strong and unbreakable.

God promises us many things, but we need to be ‘tuned in’ to what is offered. Just take an odd moment over this weekend and note down anything that comes into your conscious mind or senses. See if, in the jumbleof thoughts and words, whether a pattern is developing which may speak to you in this moment.