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’.
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!
..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 notbe 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…
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!!
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…!!!!
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.