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>> CONTEMPLATION

Not for us, this beginning community of readers,
Revelation. That comes
More gradually, in the
Quiet consideration of the
Eternal Word, spoken
Long ago and still being
Spoken today, even if not knowingly. Our words
Reach into the stillness
That is not silence, searching
For that which existed
Before commentary.

 
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Posted by on 31/08/2013 in God, Other

 
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>> I DIDN’T SEE IT COMING (RICHARD X REMIX)

Stop the bus. This is joyful summer music – you may not think anyone could remix Belle and Sebastian and succeed, but think again. Awesome video too.

 
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Posted by on 27/08/2013 in Uncategorized

 

>> COLOSSIANS 1 (2)

Once, we were alienated, were people on the outside – confused at the way this all worked and the nature of His leading. Like with many things that are alien, we reacted in hostility and fear, wondering at the ways that He called His followers to; these fishermen who followed a rabbi from the shore with no apparent reason, those disciples who claimed that He was risen and went to their deaths proclaiming that. We looked from the outside; some of us rejecting outright, others scared to get close enough in case we got burned. Others inched closer with an ill-disguised curiosity, a nervous excitement stirring in them. Weighing up the pros and cons, we wondered if it was worth it, as if we knew what it was that being offered.

Reconciliation does not look like we may have expected it to, but how could it be any other way as a follower of Him? We sense His leading, His glorious whisper, and in following we are more alive to this world and increasingly mystified by the things it prizes. Yet, when we have stepped out into the unknown, it is easy to look back and wonder at the stability we have left behind. There will be times when it seems that we have made the wrong choice – surely He would not have led us to these times of uncertainty and doubt. We may turn back, back to that which we know, and who could blame us?

Still, it is in following, and in continuing to follow, that we will find our hope. That is how we began, no matter the manner or setting in which we met Him – we heard His voice, and we chose to go with Him. We are called Christians, followers of Christ, but what then is a follower of Christ who chooses not to follow?

 
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Posted by on 23/08/2013 in God, Other

 

>> WAKE UP

This is pretty great… I’ve been searching for some new, off-the-beaten-track worship lately and I’m liking the alt-country stylings these guys bring to the genre.

 
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Posted by on 20/08/2013 in God, Music, Other

 

>> TAKE ME WITH YOU – Samuel Lane

He’s good, this one. From the Vineyard church in St Albarns – definitely appreciating the lyrical freshness here.

 
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Posted by on 19/08/2013 in God, Music

 

>> WORSHIP

Could we, in our silent meeting of minds,
Unwittingly be creating either life
or death, a blessing or a curse?
We had thought that our presence here was itself a statement;
but beyond these solid walls we are
mute, far distant from the wordless peace
that is our Sunday home.

 
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Posted by on 19/08/2013 in God, Other

 

>> THE WORD

Stolen from R. S. Thomas:

The Word

Enough that we are on our way;
never ask of us where.

Some of us run, some loiter;
some of us turn aside

to erect the Calvary
that is our signpost, arms

pointing in opposite directions
to bring us in the end

to the same place, so impossible
is it to escape love. Imperishable

scarecrow, recipient of our cast-offs,
shame us until what is a swear-

word only becomes at last
the word that was in the beginning.

 
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Posted by on 16/08/2013 in God, Other

 

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>> HOLY GROUND

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Spotted in Bristol, where it’s always good to know you’re walking on holy ground.

 
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Posted by on 15/08/2013 in God, Other

 

>> COLOSSIANS 1

We come to appreciate it only gradually. First we are shocked to find that he cares enough to hold our fractured limbs straight, that he will mend the splitting seams that would otherwise rip and expose our brutal nakedness. In time, when the crisis has passed, we may come to find that we are depending on him more and more, until he becomes the rock and foundation of our lives. We will wonder at how we ever lived with out the knowledge of him. Will marvel at how he, too, holds the lives of others; intervening miraculously in not just our own but in theirs too.

Maybe we will one day come to search for the point at which this involvement ends – even if we know what we are supposed to believe – citing some mystery or tragedy as shaky evidence for our claims. But for all of our alleged counter-examples, we may in fact in our searching discover a surprising truth (albeit one that was there in front of us all along, only perhaps we did not know how to read it) – that he is the one who holds the universe, and in him all things hold together. Every mystery finds its solution in him, every prayer its answer; he is the maker of the stars and the one who walks upon the dirt of the earth.

We will come to see this in time. But for now, we are yet young.

 
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Posted by on 14/08/2013 in God

 

>> HEAVEN

I don’t know what you’ve been told,
But Heaven is coming down to this world…

 
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Posted by on 14/08/2013 in God, Music