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My Formation

Sunday 14 February 

I remember reading Richard Bach story, ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ as a teenager and seeing before me a beautiful parable I could associate with my spiritual journey with Jesus.

Jonathan tells his disciples:”Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to live! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can learn to be free! we can learn to fly!” 

I remember wanting to fly, when other were sceptical that I could. But I took heart in a vision that still others encouraged.

“Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again” 

So much would hold me back, but God was not given credit in the equation.

But: “The only true law is that which leads to freedom,” Jonathan said. “There is no other!”



From a Book

Saturday 13 February

One of the books that is being resourced for Lent is “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull”, a parable describing the life of descovery of a sea bird of the same name.

Wanting something more that the scavenging flock can offer Jonathan seeks a higher plane achieved through flying, faster, slower, higher, more acrobatic.

But the flock are critical of Jonathan’s boundary pushing, they banish him to himself and his un-seagull-like explorations and philosophies.

A parable and a truth for those who dream of different future.