Reflections

Hallows

October 31, 2022
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We are put in perspective by the great crowd of witnesses that assemble.  Coming to this All Hallows evening we hear the call to pay attention to the permeable fabric of time. It is a potent time in which those others who have lived before, and will live after, crowd with us ontothe stage of…

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The Presence in Absence

May 25, 2022
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The absence of his presence, the presence of his absence, like a palpable thing.

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A Tender New Year

January 1, 2021
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As we pass over the threshold between yearsI hope for you, tenderness;that you become tenderness. Tender with your longings,tender with the things that are still impossible.Tender. May you hold grief in your hand like a tender shoot.May impatience break apart into rich soil.May you honour and be touched by the earth.

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Giving Thanks in the Dark

October 10, 2019
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Suspended for a time on the breathless threshold, we sense the shaft of Love that honours emptiness.

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Stillness

March 25, 2019
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WIth increasing frequency, I read about the damage of busyness, the longing for stillness, the joy of quiet . We may even sense, in the habitual extension of our lives out beyond our souls, overwork as a kind of violence .

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Drawn through the Prophet’s Heart: An Advent Sermon

December 2, 2017
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The journey to God, Sufi Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee says, begins with “the homesickness of the heart, (you can find  Vaughn-Lee  speaking of Sufisim here https://goldensufi.org/a_interview_st.html Perhaps it begins like this pain in Isaiah’s heart,the pain that was in the heart of his people,He knew the people’s longing,their loneliness,the tiny piercing dart of emptiness,the pinpoint of absence…

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“The Frames of Your Belonging”

July 29, 2017
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“One Small Step in the Direction of Love”

June 24, 2017
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The Memory of Ashes

February 18, 2015
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I woke early this morning wondering about doubt; turning doubt itself this way and that way in my heart. And I felt again the importance of practices.  On Wednesday night in worship I said these words: Dust you are and to dust you will return. Love’s you are and to love you will return.

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