Best China

#41 If someone came round for a cup of tea, would you get out your best china? If you wouldn’t, why wouldn’t you? Would it depend on who it was? Or how important they might be to you? Would it perhaps depend on how much they can be trusted with special things?! The #morningprayer passage #rev8v1to5 yesterday is complex but it got me thinking about what I #offer to God, and what I offer to others and whether the two are different…and whether they should be…? If you want to offer your best, #offeryourbest to EVERYONE! Costly perhaps, but isn’t that what we are called to? (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

Finding Your Inner Child

#40 “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Clearly these are not my photography skills (well the photo of the card is!) but I received this card in the post and it got me thinking about #mark9v30to37 in #morningprayer. Later in the day I was busy upcycling and had a few children from the community come and ask me what I was doing. I explained to one girl and she was clearly thinking. I asked if that was ok, her response amused me…“well I guess so, it’s not illegal…”. Children are so inquisitive, and yet so accepting when things are explained to them. Their lack of concern for what people think, or what something looks like is admirable and to be cherished…is it any wonder Jesus said the last will be first and the first will be last?! I challenge each of us to find our inner child once again over the next few days. (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

Doing the right thing…

#33 How often do we disregard another person’s personal circumstances and only see things from our own point of view? Too often I do this, especially when I am busy. Jesus was incredibly compassionate though, and calls us to be the same. This lovely dove died the day after this photo was taken. He had been quite week from the early stages but my Dad thought he would grow stronger. If only he could have communicated how he felt, and what he needed, perhaps it would have been possible to show more #compassion and end his suffering sooner. #mark8v1to10 #morningprayer

Packing Up

#21 If I asked you what you don’t like seeing or hearing, what would be your answer? At the moment, I’m not so crazy about the dining room as it has become a huge dumping ground for all of the things we’ve gathered in preparation for moving! My more serious answers would include poverty, sadness, cruelty and inequality. Knowing what you don’t like to see is one thing, but I’ve been struck wondering about what we do about those things that are unpleasant, unacceptable or difficult to hear. Jesus said and did a number of things that people did not like, and he was made to feel extremely unwelcome, or even pushed out at times. When things are difficult to see or hear, they don’t stop being real problems for someone, when they are pushed away or closed off…rather the people affected become more isolated. Gandhi once said ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ and with so many people with such great need in the world that thought seems so pertinent!
#hearnoevil #seenoevil #bethechange #gandhi

Patience on the Road

#20 Patience is a virtue…more difficult by car! This morning we drove into the Peak District for one last time before we move. It was so incredibly busy and slow on the road with cyclists, motorbikes and slow vehicles eager to take in the countryside… I must confess to being slightly impatient! I clicked in to morning prayer this morning only to find the reading for today was about patience!!!! “Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.” Hmmm…that’s me told!
#patience #virtue #sundaydrivers #grace

Throw Away Culture

#8 In our “material world” we are so quick to throw things away…out with the old and in with the new! As part of our moving project I’ve been upcycling an old bureau, which has been really enjoyable. It’s also made me think about tradition versus the latest and greatest, particularly in church. Rather than swapping our old hymn books, pews and traditions for bands, worship songs, and chairs to reach more people, perhaps it is possible to hold these things in tandem. If we take the best from both places we design worship for God which expresses something of each person who is taking part – how exciting is that!?

Farewell

#6 Today was farewell to our Church family. I felt incredibly humbled by people’s kindness and well wishes. It’s not a final goodbye but perhaps more aptly “the end of the beginning” of my ministry…mixed emotions.

Feline Sisterhood

#5 This is solidarity and sisterhood! In the face of adversity with packing and moving of furniture, these two are pulling together in a way that is quite uncharacteristic. Perhaps they are bonded in their dissatisfaction with this unsettling period, or maybe they are clinging to each other for strength and reassurance. It made me think about who, or what, I cling to…and acknowledge that I should be trusting and clinging to God more than I do!
#solidarity #sisterhood #trust

Changes

#3 Change is both positive and negative. When certain elements are unknown, or out of our control, change can be difficult. The change of moving from our home, and renting our home requires both a detachment from material possessions, and trust. I didn’t realise how attached I was to our home until I saw this sign…