An August Pastoral Note from a Reader

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Revd Gary's August offering is a pastoral note from one of our Readers - Julia Davis: 

Matthew 6: 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

This is the world of certainty that we long for, instead of this world of Covid and rapid change. This summer might, or might not, be the one we had hoped for with the worldwide restrictions altering daily.

More important than ever for us to look for a different approach. Throughout history people have been drawn to special places that have a significant feel and meaning for them.

Have you ever noticed that when people go to look around a cathedral or minster, how they automatically start whispering, even walking around a ruined abbey, there is a different feeling.

From earliest times people have been drawn to, and gathered at, special places. Pilgrimage has been around for a long time. The holy Islands of Iona and Lindisfarne still draw people today. Up and down the country there are holy wells and natural springs names after saints. These would have been special places from early times and later rededicated to saints.

Are there special places that mean something to us? For me it’s the sea, watching the waves breaking on the shore. The sounds and the rhythmic movement have a calming, almost hypnotic effect. There is a timeless quality going back to God’s creation. Ocean currents bringing waves to us that once broke on distant shores.

For each of us there is probably a special place that brings back memories, or where we can find peace. Somewhere that God’s healing hand can rest on us, restoring and reviving us. Maybe it’s time to revisit or find those places, and if we are not physically able to get there, let God gently lead our memories. Wherever we are this month, through the mind’s eye, we can see hear and feel the calm of those places

I hope and pray that you will find some time this month to rest and recharge your spiritual as well as physical batteries.  Hopefully you will find that special place to do that.

Julia Davis