Monthly Archives: January 2022

Songs at the edge of exile: 9

Finally, through light and shadow, over hill, and in the deepest valley, when we realised we were lost we sat a while and mourned, our pride, our centre stage role, our pageants, plays and Sunday Schools, and we wept for … Continue reading

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Songs at the edge of exile: 8

Hidden, we are a shadow of our former selves, tucked away. round a corner, we have found a space to practice our songs in hiddeness… + Once we occupied a more glorious location, we were in the thick of things, … Continue reading

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Songs at the edge of exile : 7

You call us to stand between the past, and a new becoming, to midwife new life through confusion, and pain… +  Teach us to listen, will you teach us to pray…  + You call us to hold the hands of … Continue reading

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Songs from the edge of exile: 6

Can this ground , (this ground!) be a planting for the display of your splendour? Can each rock cleared, become a prayer bringing healing  to a long forgotten place? What of the glass shards threatening our searching hands, how do … Continue reading

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Songs from the edge of exile: 5

( a revisit) We have been faithful… + We want things  how they’ve always been, traditional worship, hymns we know… + We want people who come to understand why our chairs and brasses, are precious to us, to realise why … Continue reading

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Songs from the edge of exile: 4

Here is the path, the call to move forward, beyond the confines of our everyday experience, to venture an adventure on uncertain ground. . Here is the gate, the step is ours to take, will we dare to step beyond … Continue reading

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Songs from the edge of exile: 3

We have sung our songs again, songs of comfort, songs of strength, and we have told our tales of yesterday, but there is no comfort here… + Come, calls the voice on the wind… come deeper and I will teach … Continue reading

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Songs from the edge of exile: 2

Today we sang our hymns of faith, they reassure us, and we were cocooned for a while in a warm blanket of yesterdays tales… ..and for a while we were comforted by our memories, and reminded of past assurances… but… … Continue reading

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Songs from the edge of exile: 1

It is dark outside, as we sit in a small front room, curtains drawn against the winter cold… we read an ancient tale of people long ago… …their friend, teacher, and leader is gone…. … we feel their grief, although … Continue reading

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Letting it be….

As I have mentioned before it is my birthday next week, I am 60, I sometimes wonder how that has happened, and how on earth I haven’t acquired some of the depths of wisdom that I feel I should have … Continue reading

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