Monday 21 March
Cue a children’s church lesson, where the group are given wipes to wash each others fingers and ears and thumbs, using the Jesus imperative to ‘wash one another.’
A church warden comes into the room and is told to stand stioll. The group stare and are told to ‘do something’ with him. His hands leave the room clean and fragrant.
Correct, innocently correct response.
QUITE AND QUIETLY HOLY!
Friday 26 February
Sunday I met a lady and their son in a Colne valley church. Later that afternoon, after a gentle evensong the same lady and child came into Huddersfield Parish Church to shelter from the rain and as part pilgrimage for her mother who was a regular wanderer into St. Peter’s.
In conversation, it turns out her mother was my old Greek friend, a lady I had mentioned in a blog 18 months or more ago.
It was one of those God moments of subtle reconciliation. Not specifically Lenten but beautifully innocent as my elderly friend who stopped wandering because of her stroke, an ailment that apparently restored her mind and therefore her very self to her daughter.
I remember her because she was so determined and secure that she was God’s friend, in all her life and all her travels.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory – and why not because God, after all, is her friend.
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Tagged beautiful, friend, God, greek, innocent, lady, pilgrimage, son, wanderer
22 March 2015
The complexities of our free will, in another picture. One we are familiar with in Jesus’ own teaching.
“This is the curious nature of Mister God: even when he is at the centre of things, he waits outsiders and knocks to come in. It is we who open the door. Mister God doesn’t break it down and coming; no, he knocks and waits……
…..Anna never got involved in the problem of free will. I suppose she was too young, but she had got to the heart of the matter: Mister God took second place, isn’t that something!
A waiting God…..!
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
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Tagged anna, brave, free will, fynn, innocent, second place, trust, waiting god, young