This place has become very precious to me this year. Though walking has become more and more of a struggle I have walked it (very slowly!) through its seasons – and through mine. I have walked it in anger, in frustration, in pain, in despair and in longing. I have walked it when walking was the only thing I could do – and when it was a struggle to do at all. It has been my safe place, my church when I couldn’t do church, my place of peace, of refuge, of hope, of healing. I have watched new life blossom here and life leave and die back.
Now though everything is stark and pared back it still stands in beauty. The life within lives on, whatever the outward appearance. There will be new life in its time.
And so, I have walked and prayed for those very much in my heart and myself for hope, for peace, for new life, for strength, and God’s healing – whatever that will look like in each place. In our vulnerability and pain may we each allow God to reach us, hold us close, carry us when we need it, give us a gentle shove at the right moment and bless us in his abundance.
I’m sad to say that nothing new is likely to be posted on this blog for the foreseeable future, but just to let you know that Voices Through Holy Week and Easter is now available. This is a collection of work I’ve produced over the years, now available in this booklet form.
It is an ideal resource for Easter, covering bible passage from Palm Sunday to The Resurrection from all four gospels. In each passage we hear the voice of the character questioning, exploring, finding the truth – in themselves and Jesus, ultimately leading to the question ‘What about me?’
Available from Moorleys or contact me on email@example.com. Price £4.50 + postage
Thank you again to everyone for your support – for this blog and for these two booklets which seem to have rounded off the work of the blog over the years.
Firstly I want to say a belated huge thank you to all those who bought a copy of Voices Through Advent and Christmas. I hope that you all enjoyed it and it helped you into Advent and Christmas.
A second print had to be done, and indeed I have no copies left of that (though Moorleys do if you want to get in early for next year!)
As a follow up to that Voices Through Holy Week and Easter is currently at the printers.
The Easter story is familiar to us. We travel it year after year. Voices Through Holy Week and Easter seeks to breathe new life through the characters of that journey as they work through what is happening, what it means for them – and what it might mean for us each day.
The readings follow the account of Holy Week and beyond from all four gospels.
They are questions, hopes and fears – the reactions of the characters involved. Brave followers of Jesus, who in this week didn’t always feel brave, but in the bravery and integrity of Jesus found his promises more than fulfilled.
The question for us through all the story is ‘What about me?’, where the readings culminate.
The readings can be used in worship services to bring a different accent to the voices, or for personal reflection as we journey through Holy Week to Easter and resurrection.
The books will be priced £4.50 and will be available as soon as they arrive from the printers.
To order please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or available from Moorleys
Thank you again to everyone for your support.