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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!”



God’s Dream for us!

Why do we live a life of grace? What possible reason could there be that God expends so much time and energy on our frailty and sometimes ignorant lives?

I was sitting in a room listening to someone talking about vocations; they were telling us about encouraging and developing individuals. Suddenly the speaker began to unpack the concept of vocation, or more clearly, about faith’s journey as being:

‘Catching up with God’s image of us.’

We may dally dodge the issues of our calling, but notably God has a blueprint, a perfect outcome through his input of grace. What we make of it may be a mess or a muddle, but that God-viewed image is God’s very dream for us!

Comforting or disturbing – discuss!