Take off your shoes

Before standing on her own two feet
practical, not pretty Start-Rite shoes
shielded her; she tentatively walked
endless pavements to school alongside
familiar, reassuring, rhythmic, adult feet.
Soon childlike shoes were gone, replaced;
the landscape was different, new paths,
alternative possibilities, came into focus.
Not letting the grass grow under her feet
she kept moving, step by step – desperate
to escape, to leave well-trodden, mundane,
uniformed pavements and paths, but why?

Thinking on her feet she landed in a
varied town, then county, yet paths were
still littered; countless over-worn feet.
Well-loved Doc Martens of every colour
replaced the once worn Start-Rites –
still practical not pretty, yet beauty lies
in the eye of the beholder! The start of a
new adventure, discovery, exploration of
novel places, original spaces, unique faces.
DMs were powerless to ward off itchy feet.
Before long lovable DMs jumped in feet first
to find warmer climates favoured sandals!

Sandals accompanied bold cumbersome
daredevil enthusiastic feet, then cold feet.
they caught tears of loneliness, defeat;
they tried running, finding a different way;
still she persevered. Sandals grew tired
as did novelty of alternative paths, pastures.
Returning home she’d be back on her feet!
Where was that? Too far to walk or run! Home –
it felt like a moment in time unable to stand still.
Homely paths had changed remarkably….
They took new people to the same places
amongst different faces in nostalgic spaces.

Going back was no mean feet! Before one foot
was in the door she knew this would be raw!
It wasn’t right – she had two left feet!
They explored the lure of being bare along
a distinctive, strange, overgrown path:
hallowed ground. She fell to her knees
at the feet of the One who was, and is
and ever shall be! Awe grasped her,
she gasped as breath left…it returned anew.
Feet now firmly on the ground felt echoes of
creation underfoot urging her home,
finally taking the weight off her feet.

New home

#678 #newhome #newstudy #newbookcases All very exciting to be building a new home and getting settled – loving the feeling of #godspeace and #godspresence in my study. 

Retreat

#615 #day30 of #lentchallenge with @bible_society #retreat as heading #home as a place of safety and security. Today I #pray for those whose homes are not #safe or #secure

Home

#324 Home is so complicated for me at the moment…It never quite feels complete! I’m either in a space with all of my things, but missing friends and family, and at times my partner, or I’m amongst family and friends but don’t have my home comforts. Perhaps I need to think more simply: today #home is a #cupoftea in my favourite cup, whilst sat in familiar surroundings…with a cat! #itsgoodtobehome

Home for World Gin Day

#319 As a celebration of #worldginday I had a few tasters of different gins with my partner. A busy time at college and my partner living between Derby and Oxford has meant that we have not spent as much time together as we would have liked recently. Being back in Derby has made me think about #home and where that is…last night reminded me that home is when we are together, sharing in one another’s joys and pains.

Ay up! 

#318 After an incredibly long first year of #vicarschool I have returned to my homeland – #ayup #derbyshire Looking forward to catching up with friends and family and taking time to process all that has happened over this year.

Home is…

#251 Where is #home? What is home like? #thereisnoplacelikehome has become a complicated thought for me. My belongings and cats are in one place, and friends and family in another. When I visit family, it doesn’t feel like home because our house is no longer near them. Home with the cats and belongings also doesn’t feel quite right as my partner is only ‘home’ for half of the week…what makes home?

Cherished Memories

#184 what do you #cherish? This identity bracelet represents some of the things I cherish, #faith #home #memories

It’s really easy to get caught up in the drudge of the every day, and forget to hold these things close and remember how #weareblessed …but we are! The greatest blessing for me is to cherish and to be cherished. How about you? (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

The Posada

#149 The #posada came to visit this afternoon. We lit a candle and #prayed that we would remember the #journey Mary and Joseph made, and remember those who are travelling in difficult situations, and those who do not have a #home. We asked that we would #seegodinthepeoplewemeet and that we be a #blessingtothem. #powerfulprayer (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)