CHARGED WITH THE GRANDEUR OF GOD

The world is charged with the grandeur of God

The world is charged with the grandeur of God

DISCIPLES NEED QUIET DAYS. “Come to a deserted place and rest awhile”. Our local Bishop’s Lodge wasn’t deserted today. But rain, sunshine, thunder, lightning, birdsong, prayer, Eucharist, anointing, bishop, colleagues, fabulous lunch and a beautiful garden certainly enabled us to rest awhile.

Several things stand out:

  • some reminiscences of the late Bishop John Robinson’s calling Christians to a higher and broader vision of God … and of his extraordinary pastoral gifts and prayerfulness; his being Honest to God.
  • the praying of a prayer with which I grew familiar as a boy chorister at Evensong – now (in slightly extended form to that which I have always used) the prayer of the Iona Community …

Jesus, master carpenter, who on the cross through wood and nails purchased our whole salvation; wield well thy tools in this workshop of thine that we who come rough hewn may here be fashined to a truer beauty and a greater usefulness by thine own hand

  • the image of a bishop tending a beautiful garden, and of the carved stone that testifies in the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins, “The world is charged with the grandeur of God”
  • the question: “When did you last meet with the God who called you?”

Disciples need quiet days! And this one’s very grateful

charged with the grandeur of God

charged with the grandeur of God

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