Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42
Monday 13th March
When we hear of time spent in the wilderness, what do we picture? An arid dry place? Somewhere familiar, or a landscape beyond our experience? We live in one of the most built up areas in our country, but an area where we are never far from the moors. I wonder what landscape we picture? I wonder if a distant wilderness is more frightening because of its unknown dangers, or if it is the desolation of the familiar moors which strikes us cold, because we may be only too aware of its dangers.
In Sunday’s reading from Exodus, God’s people are travelling from the wilderness “by stages”, and journeying towards the place God has promised them. There is danger, there is risk. There is the known and the unknown. And there is God.
Question: As we find ourselves in the middle of Lent 2017, I wonder what stage of the journey from wilderness to promise we find ourselves at. Are we in the middle of a journey from unbelief to faith? We may be confident of our direction and hopeful of our destination – or we may find ourselves unable to see an end to the wilderness of work, stress, anxiety and pressure.
Prayer: Creator God, you are the God of my everyday, the close & familiar – and you are the God of the wilderness places in my life and heart. Open the eyes of my heart to feel your presence on this journey. Amen.
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Friday 19th December 2014
I was sat in a choir practice, the conductor was brilliant in what he wanted us to do and how to deliver.
He windmilled his arms to control the speed and if he waved madly we were to sing loudly and small movements meant quiet tones. By watching we came in as one voice and with a flick of a wrist we would stop our sound together.
You will have heard the saying “practice makes perfect”, another version is “practice makes permanent”. Together this make perfect sense of rehearsing music.
As we move closer to Christmas, what do you practice to make perfect and permanent?
Stress busting is easiest when rehearsed. Relaxing and being at peace is part of spirituality that is often forgotten. Shalom, or in English, wholeness is something we need to try and reach regularly and often. Try resting and clear your mind sometime each and every day.
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
Five hours walking Kirklees Way, Dewsbury to Flockton. I am always amazed how you think you know a place and then begin walking. Valleys open up and where you thought you had one hill you have many different hills and valleys to cross. The sun shone and vistas opened up. If anything the sun was too bright as we walked with it on our faces.
All in all today was a brilliant way of blowing cobwebs and worries to the back of your mind. Pressure and stress are overtaken by tight muscles and weariness that promises contented sleep.
Back home problems still exist and boiler is now off! Hey ho!