ADVENT RECORDING 6: THE WOLF AND THE LAMB

•December 9, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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When we engage in contemplative prayer, things happen to us!

Isaiah 11. 1-10

“A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.”

ADVENT RECORDING 5: UNDER ILLTYD’S YEW, WHEN THE RAIN COMES

•December 6, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Voice lost in the wind and rain, sitting under Illtyd’s tree at Llanilltyd, Ilston, this morning. So today just didj and flute and nature

ADVENT RECORDING 4: CENTRING PRAYER, 20 MINUTE PRACTICE

•December 5, 2019 • Leave a Comment

A simple aid to practicing centring prayer – no interesting cut-aways to distract your attention, just the sitting!

ADVENT RECORDING 3: CENTRING PRAYER

•December 4, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Picking up from yesterday, a short reflection and instruction on Centring Prayer.

ADVENT RECORDING 2: BLESSED ARE THE EYES THAT SEE WHAT YOU SEE

•December 3, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Here’s the second Advent recording. It can be a lead-in to a more extended period of contemplative prayer. Set a timer perhaps for 10 to 20 minutes after the recording finishes (it is 10 minutes long). Responding to today’s Gospel reading (Luke 10.21-24) and to the teaching about prayer (Matthew 6.6) the reflection includes an adaptation of the Lord’s Prayer for breath practice.

ADVENT RECORDING 1: PUT ON THE ARMOUR OF LIGHT

•December 2, 2019 • 1 Comment

 

Each day in Advent, there will be a short reflection (about 10 minutes) as an aid to your daily spiritual practice or prayer time. Here’s the first one. Click on the link below.

GETTING DARKER: DON’T BE SCARED

•November 30, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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“you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep… then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light”  (Romans 13)

“ Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour “ (Matt 24)

AS WE ENTER THE SEASON of Advent, the nights in the Northern Hemisphere are approaching their longest hours; daylight time seems very short. Walking through the Gower forests at dusk with our dog Libby has been the special time of day for Emilia and me these last few weeks, as  spaces in our working days meet. Ilston woods, and the top of Parc y Coed down to Giant’s Grave and back are my favourite places at the moment, particularly as the last of the sun fades and the moon, if there is one to be seen, bounces silver, white through the naked tree branches. My senses become sharp and the music of trees and breeze, rain and night creatures, dances in me gently like an Irish air or sometimes swirling like jigs and reels. Surrounded by caveman caves and overgrown, reclaimed dwelling places, time is very thin here; what was, what is and what is to come interplay and mingle and there seems no divide between heaven and earth.

There is nothing to fear in the dark, other than what is fuelled from our own imaginations or lack of trust. On Christmas night we will read again of the Light that no darkness can ever overcome (John’s prologue). Advent is about waiting for that Light, to be born again in the Mother and the Child. The waiting is about taking some time every day – once, twice, three times, all the time – to simply stop and be. Let the noise of Christmas – shopping, cooking, partying, worrying, doing – fade. All the fuss is just fuss and it will be there for you to go back to if you want to. Find the space where darkness and light play. You don’t need any armour! Just believe in the Light and know that from  the dark womb of mother earth the cosmic, eternal Christ Light has been, is being and will always be. God bless you in your Advent contemplation.

 
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