#145 So #bettythetortoise has grown! I last saw her in September and she seemed really small then! Even as fully grown adults our bodies are in a constant state of change but it is more obvious, and somehow more exciting, when little people and little animals are growing! I wonder what she is thinking, I wonder what she can do now, that she couldn’t do in September…I wonder whether #growing bigger means becoming #wiser as we often hope it does. (at Upper Parkstone, Poole)
#47 Yesterday I made friends with this beautiful tortoise and it made me think about the huge richness and diversity of God’s #creation. This reflection was further developed in quite a lively debate in the evening. I was asked why God would allow people and creatures to suffer…. The simple answer is that I just don’t know, but neither do I think that God “allows” us to suffer. I wonder whether it is a deeper question about God and His transcendence versus His immanence. Perhaps God relies on His people to intervene in other people’s suffering…In the words of St Teresa of Avila:
“Christ has no body but yours; no hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes with which His compassion looks out upon this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands, with which He blesses all the world.” (at Upper Parkstone, Poole)
#28 #martinlutherking said that “faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”. #faith requires us to be brave, to trust something or someone, to believe without evidence or proof! #morningprayer #john1v43-51