Our E-Reflections, meditations on the twisting journey of faith, express the desire to foster reflective practice in a daily life often mobbed with urgent and demanding voices. They comprise Regular, Advent, Lenten reflections plus our magazine.
Shame and vulnerability; Website: downloadable topic sheets launched; Invisible church - book review; New groups - East Lothian Group: An oasis with bite and Explorers
Life is precious. Follow me - Lynn Darke. Retreat in Daily Life. New website launch.
The flight of faith; The sacrifices of God; Reaching out to the unfamiliar; Relinquishment and Albuquerque; Striding arches; Looking again at Respect
Faith in 'journey'; Treasures of darkness; Being read; The cost of prosperity ;Ben Lawers Nature reserve trip: Look well to each step.
For to us a child is born.
Advent…is full of the imagery of God breaking into the settled ways of the world. Sarah Mullaly
All dreams are a gift to us
Bidden or not, He will come. C Jung
Fear and joy
Journeys we'd rather not embark on
Stillness before the loving gaze.
Crossing thresholds with the Spirit
Drawing back and being drawn
Breaking with the past
Crossing the trust threshold
Questions and requests
The 'holy' threshold is crossed
Christ is risen!
Father into your hands I commit my spirit
It is finished.
My God, why have you forsaken me?
Woman behold your son.
You will be with me in paradise
They don't know what they are doing
The 7 sayings.
They are not supposed to do that!
Everyone watched in amazement
Dropping our nets
With the wild animals
I am pleased with you
Saying our hellos (to grief, to wonder,...) through the accounts of Jesus life in the gospel of Mark.
Near here is the Land That they call Life. You'll know when you arrive By how real it is. Give me your hand. God speaks to each of us, Rainer Maria Rilke
All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. Rumi
The divine will is a deep abyss of which the present moment is the entrance. If you plunge into this abyss you will find it infinitely more vast than your desires Jean Pierre de Caussade
A new life requires a death of some kind; otherwise it is nothing new, but a shuffling of the same deck. Roger Housden
Conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought; And enterprises of great pith and moment, With this regard, their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action. Hamlet, Act III, scene i
It is impossible to accept the death of the soul unless one possesses another life, outside of the soul's illusory life... in the hands of our Father who is in secret. Simone Weil
Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.” John 8:21
"No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do." John 7:4,6
We see in this passage two very different and vivid pictures of Jesus.
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
"Take off the grave clothes and let him go." (John 11)
With God's help I shall become myself. Soren Kierkegaard
One cry, and I stumble from bed. Morning Song, Sylvia Plath
There is a time for birth and death, …. embracing and parting. Ecclesiastes 3
Welcome, Child of love, God is here to bless you.
Celtic Daily Prayer, Dedication of a child
I have walked through many lives. The Layers, Stanley Kunitz*
I still haven't found what I'm looking for. U2
You are the Messiah. Matthew 16:15
He is the Life. W.H.Auden
Be patient with regard to all that in your heart is still unresolved Rainer Maria Rilke
It is essential to experience all the times and moods of one good place. Thomas Merton
Feeling at my wit's end, I took a walk. Kathleen Norris
It is by choice and not by chances that we change our circumstances. Nadia Sahari
Let me not follow the clamor of the world, but walk calmly in my path. Max Ehrmann
It is the sound of singing that I hear. Exodus 32:18
All we can touch, swallow, or say
aids in our crossing to God
and helps unveil the soul.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Joseph took the boys from Israel’s knees and bowed respectfully, his face to the ground. Genesis 48:12
westlin’ winds and fernie braes, Northern lights and siller tides Kathleen Jamie
Slideshow credits: The weald of Kent, Samuel Palmer. Journey of the magi, James Tissot. Derision of Christ, Colmar. The fog warning, Winslow Homer