Here are a few of my recent reflections/poems:
BY THE WELL
Sychar in Samaria
by Jacob’s well
A shocking scene
A Samaritan and a Jew
Female and male
Countercultural and perplexing, where shame meets perfection.
Jesus does not recoil
He interacts; he listens
A stark reminder that everyone matters
That in the heart of Christ
‘There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for we are all one’.
No-one exists outside the circle of his love
Not the unlovely
Nor the despised
Or the contemptible
Divine love is radically inclusive
Beyond our comprehension
What we turn away from
Where we build barriers
Jesus breaks them down
Where we judge
When we dwell in the simplicity of his message
We are blessed
Our imperfections are contextualised
Our flaws appear universal
But so does God’s overarching grace.
In the light of that grace
We can let go of our guilt
Let our failures rest in the past
Acknowledge our pain
And look forward
To a radiant future
Grounded in hope
Where expectation is infinite
And in the words of Julian of Norwich:
‘All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well’
IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT
As the coolness of the mid-summer night
enshrouds our physical form.
As the serenity of the eventide saturates our souls
God’s tranquility advances in lovingness
He watches over us in the dead of night, in the obscurity of the wee small hours.
When our minds are at rest, or ravaged with torment.
God is at hand
Supremely proficient in protection
Charged with our care
Captivated by our concerns.
‘At night his song is with me’
The real work of faith begins when we are in the midst of despair; when it is all too easy to give up hope and become spiritually moribund.
To reach out; to cry out when there is nought left to give – that is where we encounter the depth of Christ’s love. Imperceptible at first, in his gentleness…….in his compassion……his presence burns brightly.
It is from that kernel of hope and expectation, the evolution of love dwells in our souls.
‘He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters’.
In the timelessness of these words we are guaranteed never to be lonely…..never to be foresaken… and never to be lost.
LET US BE THANKFUL
‘May we give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus’
And so let us be thankful for being alive:
Alive to the potential of growth
Alive to receiving and giving love
Alive to grief and its cathartic effect
Alive to grace and transformation
Let our thankfulness underpin our faith:
Faith in the goodness of others
Faith in the power of forgiveness
Faith in the reality of reconciliation
Faith in divine love
Faith in truth
Let our thankfulness allow us to connect:
Connect deeply with each other
Connect meaningfully with God
Connect with, and appreciate the cosmos
Connect with those who despise us
Connect with the pain in our hearts
Loving God, encourage us to be ‘thankful in everything, in all circumstances’.
When life is hard and the future bleak
When life is triumphant and the future glorious
Let us ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his live endures forever’.