wandering in wonder

sharing, on a pilgrims journey

Jubilee Beacons

Here’s my Diamond Jubilee Beacon photo! I loved being part of something for the Jubilee – standing on a hill with about 200 people singing the Royal Anthem whilst the Beacon was lit, a link in a chain of light.
I’m not usually much of a Royalist, but Bless Queenie – she has served loyally in the role she was put into to, and has done her best for us and to represent us positively.
Looking at history, we get away lightly with our royalty these days, and this weekend has made me feel very proud of Queenie.
I’ve also been really pleased to see an outpouring of community spirit that’s been shown in Britiain – how wonderful to see people getting to know neighbours, sharing together, celebrating…
God Bless Queenie! God Bless Britain! (…please God…)

June 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“I am what I am”… and Pentecost…

I’ve quoted the famous song before… ‘I am what I am’… I’ve just been thinking about Pentecost (planning ahead!)…

Pentecost is a reminder for Christians to ‘be what they are’… we know we’re called as God’s people to be these enlivened, God-filled, God-minded, God-sighted, brave, disciples, with the same Spirit in us which raised Jesus from the dead… and yet so much of the time we wander around a if we were really purposeless members of a Sunday social club with no way to affect the real world at all…

What?!!! don’t we know who we are?

We’re like Fairytale characters or Disney characters in those famous plots where the Princess doesn’t know she’s a princess, or like Harry Potter who lives under the stairs oppressed, having no idea who he is. Thing is, they were those same beautiful/powerful people the whole time, they just didn’t realise, and therefore didn’t do anything about it.

In the same way, the church seems to have absolutely NO idea who we are… if we had a clue, we’d be making such a massive positive difference in our homes, communities, country, world… hey, even our churches would be transformed if we actually realised we were spirit-filled children of God…

this could change the world… if only we realised who we are and got on with being who God made us…

April 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lord’s My Shepherd…

This week in Church, the bible readings are Psalm 23 and John 10, about God being our Shepherd, and Jesus saying he is our Good Shepherd.
I’ve been reading what Rabbi Harold Kushner says about Psalm 23 (well, he wrote a whole book about it!) and his writing is thought provoking. What particularly struck me is his thoughts around how the Psalm isn’t saying, ‘nothing bad will happen to us because we love God’, but that even when bad things happen, we won’t fear because God is with us.
Walking in the valley of the shadow is a common experience for many of us. Whether it’s the shadow of death, as for the Psalmist, or the shadow of long term pain, the shadow of depression, the shadow of other difficult times… the hope God offers is that ‘Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (or whatever your valley of shadow is), I shall fear no evil for thou art with me…”
That’s the hope – that’s the certainty for those who know God – bad times will come, valleys of shadow will be part of our lives, but if we understand what it means to have God as our Good Shepherd, to know that God walks with us in the valley of the shadow… it can be transformed… even if it isn’t a place of endless light itself, eventually, with God, we know and we trust that we will come to the light again…

April 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

sea of blue (-bells)

I finally got my essay done and went off in search of bluebells….

                                                102_4941.jpgblog sized bluebells
‘ah, heaven you are, pretty little bells, heralding Spring, beauty and all that is good in the world… bring your delicate beauty and fill our lungs with your breath…’

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Beauty, Joy, Nature, Photograph, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Multi cultural joy/’My Britain’

This is my Britain…. (at it’s best)….

Today I sat reading my beautiful poetry book in Trafalgar Square. Children in school uniform chatted happily whilst sitting on the sides of the fountain. Suddenly there was a commotion and at least 40 children whooped with the joy of recognition and shouted a name.

Trafalgar Square, London

A woman with a lovely smile was beseiged by these lively children. As they rushed towards her – children who are Black, White (blond, brunette), Asian (hair flowing, hair covered) – their joy was united.

How much I loved Britain in that moment – this place where we can enjoy, respect, accept, and certainly expect differences, and yet learn to share our joys and sorrows regardless – not because the differences don’t matter (they do, they’re part of who we each are), but because as we share life together.

I believe it was Moltmann who was among the first to write that effective Interfaith work needed to be undertaken for shared causes and actions, not just for it’s own sake (not ‘we must get on together’, but ‘let’s do this/solve this (whatever) together’); and it was C.S. Lewis who wrote that Friendship had to be ‘about something’ (“…even if it is shared enthusiasm for white mice…”).

It is in sharing life, that we find points of unity, common feeling, connection, purpose…

…and when we share life with each other, we can get to move on to being people who, In the words of Paul McCartney, ‘side by side, hand in hand, we all stand together’.

So thanks to the children and the popular teacher in Trafalgar Square this afternoon – you did my heart good!

(I just re-found this – wrote it in November! so here it is…finally!)

May 4, 2009 Posted by | Beauty, Interfaith, Joy, Life, Light up my life, Peace, People | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

congrats to Carol Ann Duffy!

So proud to have a new Poet Laureate – and yes, it is, after all quite a new thing (in this day and age even…) to have a woman in the role.

all the best to her!

Below is a great poem of Carol Ann Duffy’s which articulates amazingly what it’s like in that difficult bit of life when we’re away from the one we love…

Words, Wide Night by Carol Ann Duffy

Somewhere on the other side of this wide night
and the distance between us, I am thinking of you.
The room is turning slowly away from the moon.

This is pleasurable. Or shall I cross that out and say
it is sad? In one of the tenses I singing
an impossible song of desire that you cannot hear.

La lala la. See? I close my eyes and imagine the dark hills I would have to cross
to reach you. For I am in love with you

and this is what it is like or what it is like in words.

May 4, 2009 Posted by | love, People, Poem, waiting | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crazy Amaryllis

Someone gave me an amaryllis bulb for Christmas… I finally planted it and look what happened!

I haven’t seen the ‘candy-stripe’ flowers before. Why does God bother with so many designs? bit of a show-off perhaps?!

May 4, 2009 Posted by | amaryllis, Beauty, Nature, Photograph | , , , , , | 1 Comment

the winner takes it all

The temptation to react to other people can be so strong.

I am most myself when I decide to be who I am, regardless of how other people decide to be.

so when someone is mean to me, unkind, tells lies, I still decide to be who I am.

So I responded calmly. 

I do not raise my voice when they shout and wave their arms around. It’s not my way.

I challenged the lie. I state that I found a particular thing unkind.

But I don’t ‘get even’.

or maybe I do? because maybe getting even, or even winning, is not letting that person control who I am, how I behave, or who I become.

September 1, 2008 Posted by | 'Being', balance, Challenge, courage, Hold on, Life, Never give up, People, tough times, voice of hope | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

all you need is love?

I think maybe it’s true – all you need to get through is love… love that helps us to think of the other person’s view when we’re annoyed with them; love that makes us try to take account of other people’s needs; love that gives us strength to keep going when we feel like chucking it all in; love that makes us share so everyone has enough and no-one is isolated or hurt.

Why is it worth going on?

because being loved – deeply loved and known and understood – by God transforms everything… and when God blesses us with people who just ‘get’ us, love us, try to see our point of view even when we’re being annoying… that’s icing on the cake. and if we’ve even had a glimpse of that good stuff, it’s worth plodding on.

maybe it’s just too easy to write about love? despite a fair bit of crappy stuff going on in some aspects of life at the mo, I’m aware of being overblessed… there’s always the cake… and at the moment, there’s even icing on it! 

  (click to open window for this to play!)

July 8, 2008 Posted by | 'Being', acceptance, Comfort, courage, Friends, Hold on, Joy, Life, Never give up, tough times, voice of hope | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

pansies with attitude!

these pansies have some serious attitude… if you can’t quite see what I mean, squint as you look at the photo! should I feel safe with these in the garden?!!

June 28, 2008 Posted by | Garden, Nature, Pansies, Photograph | , , , , , | 2 Comments