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The old roads were never that certain….

I was praying yesterday, writing down some thoughts. I have over the next month some big questions to face and i started to say to God that i wanted to find him and know him again the way i used to when i was a teenager. I then got to thinking about the old road i used to travel down, and how those old roads seem to bring back a nostalgic view of being safe and familiar, and a strong sense of comfort and that if journeyed down again everything with be all right.

I used to travel down those old country lanes on my 50cc twist and go moped, it was a time in my life when i had the first taste of freedom and independence visiting friends and girlfriends when i wanted and on my own terms. And those roads were surrounded by the smells and sights of the most amazing parts of the English countryside, sunsets, sleepy clouds bimbling by, wildlife busy living, surviving, hiding and playing, grasses and fields full of crops. There was a sure and certain assurance that the world was turning and everything was enjoying the season as it should.

I guess in many ways this is what i was searching for in my prayer, some confidence that although the waters ahead seem somewhat choppy, that actually that is what is meant to be happening at this point. Just as the tides ebb and flow and the seasons change around us everything has its place and time, including uncertainty and worries.

And actually looking back at those old roads, things were never are certain as i now think that they were, but on reflection God was, and still is the quiet assurance veiled just out of sight but ever ready to guide, comfort and protect.

This is the tree i used to look out on as i travelled those old roads, i went back to find it last year and found that it is dying, and although i was sad to find this out, there is a quiet comfort that all things have their place and that coming and going, uncertainty and dying is as much a part of life as the immediate and now, and realising this allows us to live the life we have now more fuller than before….


Light in the darkness

For all those who journey in darkness today:

Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

Espresso scripture podcast number one!

A few years ago I stated a small project called ‘Espresso Scriptures’. It was a short email that i sent out every Monday morning, a kind of thought for the day, but a little cooler than what you might hear on radio 2.  They seemed to go down really well with people who wanted to explore faith but wouldn’t really know where to begin when it came to opening scripture, after a couple of years i collected them all together and approached the wonderfully creative guys at Poost who agreed to publish them all in a short book.  After the launch and publicity things seemed to settle down and other projects like the beach huts took priority.

But after the new move up to Middlesbrough and time to think about fresh ideas i have spent some time talking things over with a top bloke called Revd Matt who does a similar job to me over in Hull and asked him if he fancied doing something creative along the lines of what i had done before.  So we thought we would have a go at doing some Podcasts.  Our main aim was to produce something that people who would not consider themselves people of faith would warm to, and it would hopefully allow conversations and questions to come to life, so……

So here is the 1st Espresso scripture podcast about prayer.  Please let us know what you think !

(the sound quality on this one it not top notch as we recorded it not realising i had left a CD in the Cpu drive!!! Oops!!!)

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