30 April 2020

A Moment to Reflect-2

Another of my favourite writers is Henri Nouwen. 
He reminds me of the importance of living in the present, even when the present is a dark or difficult place. 
“While optimism makes us live as if someday soon things will soon go better for us, hope frees us from the need to predict the future and allows us to live in the present, with the deep trust that God will never leave us alone but will fulfil the deepest desires of our heart… Joy in this perspective is the fruit of hope.” 
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Here and Now: Living in the Spirit

29 April 2020

A Moment to Reflect-1

from Iain

I thought during the lockdown I might be able to find a little bit more time to read – but it hasn’t happened. If anything, I have less time, but what I thought I might do instead is to pick some favourite quotes from some of my favourite writers and place them alongside some photographs I’ve taken over the years and -in a quiet moment reflect on the words and the image. 
I invite you to share these reflections with me.
The first comes from the writings of Thomas Merton. It’s quite a long passage compared to most of the quotes I will share, but I think in the circumstances it’s quite a good place to start …though who knows where or when it will end.
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” 
― Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude