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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.


So, that’s What He Meant?

Saturday 2nd January

I once met a 92 year old who bought a new television with a five year warranty. She was a very positive and was determined to see out the ‘special offer’. I seem to recall she managed and some.

Today I looked through my diary for 2016 as dates and information are beginning to come my way well into this New Year and beyond.

I look at the diary and it seems strange all those days ahead waiting to be filled and forgotten.

I am a ‘bear with a small brain’ who hardly looks beyond the coming weekend. A year ahead seems beyond me. Ho-hum – I’ll not really worry until the weeks unfold!

Today has worries and joys etc…..enough for the present.

Epiphany!? That’s what he meant.

A Vision.

3rd February 2014

The special prayer that goes with the reading of theWedding at Cana reading is prayed thus:

Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

A simple reliance on something beyond ourselves and our control.

In this season of revealings, we are told to rely, depend on, that which is other. The word ‘wonder’ sums up our readiness to receive that which can sustain us in times of joy or sorrow.

This is the vision given at the Wedding at Cana.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church