On Sunday 20th October, 5 to 6.15pm at St Gabriel’s in Stanbury, there will be some more Breathing Space: an informal exploration of stillness in Christian contemplative prayer and meditation. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Wednesday 5 June Meditative Silent Walk at St Ives, Harden incorporating Evening Prayer.
We’d love you to join us for something a bit different on a long summer evening. Meet at the bottom car park in St Ives estate to begin the walk at 7pm. We will be walking on good paths up to the rocky viewpoint, with the option of a shorter route back or continuing the circular route (3km or 5km) Quiet dogs on leads welcome! If you have any questions, such as details of buses from Keighley, or if you need transport from Keighley please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keighley Shared Church, Wednesday 17th April 7.45-9 15pm, including Compline (Night Prayer).
No need to book, just come along to hear my reflections on my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, meditate on scripture as we approach Easter, and pray together as we celebrate the beautiful liturgy of Compline (Night Prayer). For further info please email: email@example.com.
Cunnery Wood in Halifax is my favourite place for spotting the first spring bluebells, and this was the scene this morning – an abundance of bluebells! I’m supposed to be writing an ethics essay today but I’ve decided to enjoy some sunshine this morning while Amy is at her music group. As the bluebells came into view I was reminded of Henri Nouwen’s meditation email for today:
“God is a god of abundance, not a god of scarcity. Jesus reveals to us God’s abundance when he offers so much bread to the people that there are twelve large baskets with leftover scraps (see John 6:5-15), and when he makes his disciples catch so many fish that their boat nearly sinks (Luke 5:1-7). God doesn’t give us just enough. God gives us more than enough: more bread and fish than we can eat, more love than we dared to ask for.
God is a generous giver, but we can only see and enjoy God’s generosity when we love God with all of our hearts, minds, and strength. As long as we say, “I will love you, God, but first show me your generosity,” we will remain distant from God and unable to experience what God truly wants to give us, which is life and life in abundance.”
I couldn’t have put that any better myself. That’s often the case with Henri Nouwen. His wise generous words live on in adundance.