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Appreciating what's on our doorstep

4 weeks ago

Garrie Griffiths encourages us to think whether there is something little and local in our day-to-day lives that God can use to build us up in a world where confusion and chaos, injustice and suffering reign

Appreciating what's on our doorstep

In response to the poem below a friend just emailed me to say thanks and to remark, “We’re not so good at truly appreciating what's on our doorstep.”

My wife Jill and I have been thinking about the walks we’ve had these last few weeks during lockdown and how theyve not only given us more exercise per week than weve done in most months, but more food for thought too:

  • Our conversations are ranging farther and wider and deeper;
  • Our observation of whats going on around us is more acute - of farm life and wildlife, of landscape and waterscape and skyscape (yes a new word imported from the US… gee whizz!); aural observations of birdsong — especially two cuckoos in flight calling to each other as they came north and crossed farmers fields and trees and then Martlesham Creek. (Yes, we do live ‘up the Creek’)
  • Skies, both day and night, seem genuinely clearer - stars, galaxies and constellations especially so: what a stunning universe we’re in.
  • People passing by, strangers mostly - some respond to a cheery Hior Hello’… and a few who steadfastly dont, even at well over twice social distancing…
  • Whatever mood either or both of us was at the start of the ‘exercise’, invariably we have either calmed down or cheered up just from the simple acts of walking and talking, looking and listening, laughing together or being quiet together. And a sense of God-with-us has become more tangible…

Our eyes and ears are very attentive to and occupied with so many news items, personal and global concerns, questions and doubts, struggles and sufferings. But that begs the question, ‘Is there something little and local in our day-to-day lives that God can use to build us up in a world where confusion and chaos, injustice and suffering reign?’

So, dragging my attention away from the News reports and Government pronouncements for a while, from personal struggles and tragedy for a few moments, this poem is just one result of wondering about and pondering God’s place and presence in our little and local everyday lockdown routine… and bringing some balance to what our eyes see and our ears hear:

I can see you in the night sky

In the stars and in the dark

I can see you in the storm-clouds

In the rain and lightning spark

I can see you in the snowfall

In the quiet of each breath

I can see you in the greyness

In those days that feel like death

 

I can see you in the sunlight

In the blue sky and the breeze

I can see you in the springtime

In the greenness of the trees

I can see you in the summer

In the flower, the sea, the sand

I can see you in the winter

In the beauty of the land

 

In all things do I see you

In all things you are there

Your presence ever present

Your footprints everywhere

Almighty God, Creator

Emmanuel — with me

My eyes for ever on you

To see what I should see

 

I can hear you in the silence

In the midnight and alone

I can hear you in the noises

In the workplace and at home

I can hear you in the chaos

In the turmoil of the day

I can hear you in the darkness

In those thoughts that go astray

 

I can hear you in the skylark

In the wind’s song through the leaves

I can hear you in the laughter

In the child's smile, in their peace

I can hear you in the stillness

In the calm that is divine

I can hear you, hear your heartbeat

In the heartbeat that is mine

 

In all things do I hear you

In all things you are there

Your presence ever present

Your voice is everywhere

Almighty God, Creator

Emmanuel — with me

My ears for ever on you

To hear what I should be

© Garrie C Griffiths 2020

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"After lunch David felt led to pray with us all and over each of us in turn. Some of us were really aware of the Holy Spirit filling us and we were encouraged to stand and pray for each other. It was an amazing feeling being fired up and filled with the Spirit and it has made us realize how very important prayer is, for each other and the church. We now want to have regular prayer meetings and offer personal prayer to those who ask for it during or after services"
Holy Trinity Blacon Weekend led by David O’Brien

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