Wonder

“Wonder is a sense of awe or astonishment. It can come to us at the most unexpected of times, this morning I was by the river  as the snow fell around me and I felt a sense of wonder for its beauty and its bitter chill….In this time that is dark and cold physically and …

Broken Beauty

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (St Paul) The quote above was in last week’s meditation and it started me thinking about the idea of imperfection as beauty. The first image here shows a mended bowl using the Japanese concept of Kintsugi, the ‘art of precious scars’. When the …

Daily Struggle

‘Hearken to my weary voice, O God. I am your friend & co-conspirator in the struggle for a new world.’ (Activist’s Prayer) Take a look at the first picture. This is called Vision of the Sermon (Jacob wrestling with the Angel) by Van Gogh. This picture is based on the biblical story of Jacob, who ran …

Beginners mind: mindfulness pillar 3

A podcast introducing us to the pillars of mindfulness. This is the third pillar which is Beginners Mind, Tim of Blackbird Mindfulness encourages us to stay open to wonder and opportunities. These podcasts give each of us the chance to try something new or advance and develop our mindfulness practice. https://soundcloud.com/leedsmethodistmission/beginners-mind To start from the …

Rhythm and ritual

‘Your daily life is your temple and religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.’ (Kahlil Gibran) Take a look at the first picture. This is a picture of our advent ring in the second week of advent. Every year I save our Christmas wreath and then use it for our advent …

Stuck in the Middle with You

‘Why do we rush about to the top of heaven and the bottom of earth looking for the divine who is here at home with us, if only we would be at home with him?’ (Augustine) Take a look at the pictures for this week. What do they say to you? I’m guessing you may …

Word of the Year

“Act upon hope” Commoners Choir Take a look at the first picture – you will be familiar with this by now, as I have used it twice previously this month. I have asked my daughter to adapt it in her own style for this week’s blog. For some reason, it’s has spoken to me in …

Zeitgeist

“If you’re going through hell, keep going” Winston Churchill Shelterers in the Tube 1941 Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986 Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05712 Take a look at the two pictures. The first is a commission I made as part of an event aiming to focus on the Christian meaning of …

Hope

“Hope can be found in many places: in the rolling out of the vaccine, thoughts of Christmas spent with loved ones, plans for the future and our faith and spirituality, to name a few. Hope does not discount suffering, hope looks suffering and hurt right in the eyes and still sees a spark of goodness …

Let’s Get Physical

“Your body is a temple of the divine spirit” 1 Corinthians 6 Take a look at the first image. This is a very old print that I made when at Art College. What does it say to you? The second image is by Aishan Yu and was made as part of an ongoing project at …