As per last week, what follows is a compilation of words from Roots & Fresh from the Word as well as some of my own thoughts.
Jesus said, I am the way – come!
Jesus said, I am the way and the truth – come and receive.
Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life – come receive and respond.
(Roots May 10th)
Our opening prayer grew line by line, it came from Roots, I could have used similar wording myself, as I thought about these opening words, I realized that my garden has been on a journey, through all its array of Spring colours, because we as a family are like many of us in semi isolation, I have had more time to attend to my garden, to try out new ideas, to grow more from seeds, I don’t know how affective this is going to be, I will attempt to keep you posted. The current situation has given me time to think, how are we going to manage without traditional bedding plants, we have been buying less & less since I retired & my Fuchsia’s & Pelargonium’s seem to have come through the winter quite well. I think we, that is those that follow a faith, will be in some ways like the seeds I have planted some will grow well, some will start to grow and then fall away, and some won’t germinate at all.
I thought this extract from Fresh from the Word was quite appropriate:
“This week we will be hearing from poets and chroniclers of an ancient world, about a walk with God that’s not always straightforward: uncertain first steps, moments of confusion in a journey of exploration. The blaming can begin as soon as things go wrong. No one wants to accept responsibility. Instead, hostility and fear can mean that nations build walls and block the way for others. But God can show wanderers in the wilderness that there is another better way.”
Jan Sutch Pickard ( Fresh from the Word)
In my opening remarks I was once again reflecting on how we use words, in prayer, in hymns, in poetry – our walk with God, or in simpler terms my garden which could be a metaphor for our faith journey, we all tend to blame others when things go wrong, I am very slowly learning how to look after my plants along the way I have had many failures and there will be more to follow I am sure, I do accept my garden failures ( too much water, too much sun, not the correct growing medium, ) the list is endless, and so it is with our faith journey.