A CLERGY QUIET DAY with Bishop Robert Atwell today. Time for reflection and contemplation. The “quiet waters” of the canal near Dunham Massey bridge were just the place to be … and the passing narrow boats spoke to me, not for the first time, of the rightness I recognise in “making progress slowly”; of Kosuke Koyama’s “Three Mile An Hour God”.

No-one was rushing around our local Hospice this evening either. Quiet waters fit the bill there, too. Everyone speaks of being able to hear the birdsong, clearly, indoors. Perhaps it’s the slowing of the pace of life there that causes most everyone I know to speak of it as a place of beauty, peace, and sometimes even joy in the very midst of sadness. And staffed, of course, everyone says, by “Angels” – messengers.

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