What better activity for a wet and dreary Saturday afternoon than to visit a Shinto Shrine? Having been in Tokyo for just a week, working through the jet lag for most of that, I was keen to get out and about.
Slightly surprisingly, we weren’t the only people who had this idea, and the weather was little distraction for most.
But why Meiji Jingū, why this day, why in the rain? Is this about belief, tradition, or something else? In the midst of the busyness of Tokyo life, whether or not Shinto traditions are followed, is there some sort of peace and calm to be found in such a place of pilgrimage?
What draws people to leave their Ema or prayer requests under the divine tree?
Is it really possible to claim that belief in God is on the decline, when people pilgrim from all walks of life, from all stances of belief, to remember those whom they love before the divine?
Could we be doing more to help those who are seeking the light?
Is it possible that such a divine light can be found in many places, if only we were more open to see? In the hands and feet, eyes and ears of one another?
For me, Godly encounters are not in churches, jinjas or temples; though the peaceful, holy presence can be so tangible. Rather, when the rain trickles down my face, and I am amongst something of God’s divine creation – then I feel most alive to the presence of the living God.
#593 Today was the last day of my #placement and the last opportunity to gently guide this church cat out of the church! #endings are difficult, especially as it seems that this is the first of a long line of endings for the next few months. #richblessings #thankful
#391 #day9 of #placement was the first day of #holidayclub, a long standing tradition for the church. This involved a memory verse which was longer than any I would have remembered! #psalm8v3and4 “I look at the heavens, which you made with your hands. I see the moon and stars, which you created. But why is man important to you? Why do you take care of human beings?” These seem like such pertinent questions…some might disagree and say that God doesn’t take care of human beings. What is striking for me is that the majesty of God shines through our #amazinguniverse and yet he is a #lovinggod who wants a relationship with his people, despite our many imperfections! My #sundaysermon is on this psalm…how can I do it justice?!
#383 Today has been the first day of #placementtaketwo…it’s very different from my initial vision of busy urban setting as it’s getting a little close to being rural with a village feel – could take me ever so slightly out of my comfort zone! All that said #day1 has involved an 8am #eucharist as sides person with some unforeseen complications, a 10am Eucharist, #baptismvisit and #evensong. Today I #pray for all of the people I have met – I #thankgod for the conversations that I’ve had and all the ways that I’ve seen him at work. Amen.
#334 My #summerplacement has begun! For a month I will be walking alongside the parish of All Saints, observing and taking part in their ministry. It’s both a privilege and daunting…but exciting!
#233 Well done to #lborouniversity for gaining THE Best Student Experience. My #placement with @cfslboro really highlighted how deserving the University is of this award. What is it that makes an experience fabulous? (at Loughborough University)