Friday 12 February
The sun was shining as I wrote yesterday’s blog. The lawn is looking a bit winter worn and leggy so I thought I would get the mower out. I report this because mowing, over the years, has become a ‘time out’ task when waking, walking dream/praying comes to the fore.
Before I sound too holy – today I mowed, barely clipping the tufts, but I mowed nevertheless, in springish sunshine and wintery snow flurries.
I questioned myself and my God and my sanity. I ask you mowing/praying in a snow storm.
Commitment or needing committing?
Thursday 11 February
Mindless task are my strange pleasure. I can walk for miles and miles, just setting things in order. Almost a waking dream where I run through conversations and situations. In fact I would say my soul and thoughts are laid bear when on ‘Shank’s Pony’.
I think I am going to set a little time this Lent for this form of unpacking before God.
Sunday 24 January
Prayers today are for the church in context.
An area in the Anglican Communion place outside the circle (and a possibility of fixing the date of Easter.)
One particular area of the church has worked on their own time, and a little quicker than others, on something objectionable to another part of the church. The result? That part of the church has been barred from functioning within the communion, as opposed to recognition of the different context and the validity of such contexts, in context as it were. I cannot see that this is of benefit to anyone.
Billy Connolly wrote:
“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares?…..he’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes.”
Another boxed ticked!
Prayer is needed indeed!
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Wednesday 30 December
A reading for today was an abridges account of Anna recognising Jesus in the temple.
Anna praises God and tells everyone she meets something about the wonder of the visitation. She had spent her time in the temple day and night fasting and praying; but after touching Jesus her actions changes to proclamation.
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Sunday 6th December
The second Sunday in the season of Advent traditionally focussed upon the proclaimation of the prophets. The seers of old looked forward to God’s kingdom.
In our day I feel we should be seers by asking ourselves, ‘What would Jesus do?’
So this week maybe our thoughts should still be Jesus is coming how do we response? But also, what do we present prayerfully, how do we look prophetically at the world in our conversations with God?
27 April 2015
My Greek angel would come into St. Peter’s. She talked of God’s spirit always being with her.
She would press a bar if soap or a carton of cooked mince into my hand. Usually there would be opportunity to pass such gift on before the day was over.
Her visits have ceased, she moved out of town and into care.
The last time I saw her she promised to pray for me.
Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
Good Friday – 3 April 2015
“Prayer” – Hayley Westenra ‘Odyssey” (Decca, 2005)
Hayley Westenra is a classical-crossover artist from Christchurch, New Zealand.
On the face of it this is a very simple song, but could be considered to be profound in that simplicity, as the narrator prays for arms to enfold them and is encouraged to “lay down your troubled mind.”
We could find echoes of Matthew 11:28-29, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
The parent album’s music draws inspiration from a number of sources, including Celtic music, a style reflected and touched upon in “Prayer.”
Graeme Blackwell – Huddersfield Parish Church