The road goes ever on and on….

The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

The words of young Bilbo Baggins as he sets off, in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Such a seemingly simple moment, perfectly captured!

It speaks so powerfully of the journey which we all embark upon in our own lives, both daily and more long term.

I have been blessed in my own journey with the guidance of the love of God. Not just in the good times, but in the challenging times when the road has been difficult to find and I have wandered away from the guiding of the love of God.

I have always sensed the accompanying of the Holy Spirit, who is the suprising element in each of our lives. Just when it seems like the road is blocked or hard to find, we can be suprised with the love of God…often the ‘still small voice of calm’.

Be prepared to be suprised!!!!

Waiting…

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever…. (Isaiah 40 verse 8).

Endings and beginnings, waiting and hoping. Where do our hearts rest during our days and moments….?

God’s word; spoken, held, listened to… How do we hear, see and sense? New life and moments of insight and blessing. We cannot hold on and grasp,,,,we can only wait and open our hearts and lift our eyes to different horizons, even decaying leaves! They hold the promise of nutrients for new life.

Let the Spirit of God fill your heart and open your eyes!

Fly like an Eagle…or other birds…!

..but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not
be faint…..Isaiah 40 verse 31

What a powerful Image is conjoured up by these words from Isaiah in the Old Testament.

Migratory birdsirds are still here and don’t seem to be moving away! Changes indeed!

Where is your hope today? God calls you and I to take a step. We are not carried, but are guided and can even be assured of flight in the arms of God!!!! The flight of our Spirits, absolutely unique to us, just like our fingerprints!

May the New Year bring you new horizons and the blossoming of your spirit…

Peace be with you.

The Cross

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

The Words of Isaac Watts and the Hymn, ‘When I survey the wondrous cross…’

Love and sorrow and the depth of God’s reaching into our lives and moments.

Enough said.

Bless you,

Barrie

The long and winding road….

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An invitation to make a step and see where it leads!

Easy to stay where you are. I write this whilst the wind blows outside and the clouds roll in from the North Sea. I’m warm and have no desire to move!

There are many things happening for each of us and reaching out and walking on the long and winding Road seems like a step too far from what I regard as security.

My experience is that unless I make the step then I’m stuck!

Underneath it all, woven into the fabric of life, are God’s everlasting arms.

Illusion

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.…..

Words from the Apostle Paul on this Christmas Eve.

The figures are deceptive; made out of sheet steel and placed on the sand with the outgoing tide.

Very powerful imigery as we try to fathom out our own faith. All is not what it seems. That is the joy of faith on each of the journeys we travel along, Sometimes lost, sometimes interpreting and missing the point…but thats OK.

The figures draw us in, even though we know that thet are not actual human beings. God draws us in, not out of deception, but of a profound love.

May this Christmas time be a blessing on your journey homeward!!

Enbrace the illusion and find the thruth!

Puzzle…

Old stone bridge. Who, or what on earth was EMO and what does the date stone indicate? 170 years of existence and the footsteps of many. Names lost to the mists of time.

How does it make you feel as you reflect on the photograph? I have a sense of longing for something that I cannot express or verbalise. The word, recognise, comes to the fore. Our, my need to be seen, heard, but already known to God!

Not cast adrift on a vast sea, but walking across an old decaying bridge which connects me, you, with our different sides. Surrounded with the love of God, in every moment, every breath, every sight.

Step out and embrace hope, pouring from the heart of the Creator…!!!!

Changes…

The shades of autumn; decay with the promise of new life. A time of waiting in the photograph I took a couple of weeks ago.

Some words from Hebrews 19, verse 8; ‘Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever…’ A simple enough phrase, but a tresure chest of possibilities for each of us, whatever is happening in our lives.

Without the decay of the leaves in the autumn, there is a lack of nutrition for the growing of the new leaves in spring. There is a connection here with our own lives. The daily changes and challenges. Woven into our lives is the promise of Hebrews 19.

Everything changes except the truth of the statement that Jesus Christ is with us now and forever.

Hope, not fear…..

God speaks in the uncertainty. Words of hope, not fear.

Wandering and finding; mist, and tree on a hill (photographed a couple of days ago) Seems like a beginning, not an ending, all is held in the love of God.

You and I whoever we are, wherever we have failed, forgiven and given a new vision, within the God of Love, who endlessly suprises each of us.

I find it difficult to be solitary, but the tree anounces the possibility of new horizons and new life out of what seems to be an ending.

Take your step this week, with the love of God surrounding you and the uncertainty of the moment, when it arrives. God bless you in your moments and in the steps of uncertainty.

God’s love is found in unlikely places and moments.

Blessings and waterfalls of peace be woven into your minutes, hours and days…!!!