Long ago, when I was a merchant seaman, I developed the habit of making a spiritual communion if I could not physically get to Church. This was going to be one of those Sundays. But the Sunday Service on Radio 4 helped me stay connected! ++ Justin was the preacher.
He spoke thoughtfully about language, culture and understating . I found his thinking complementing my own. I am much attached to Max Warren’s definition of mission: “Seeing what God’s doing and joining in”. The Holy Spirit, it seems to me, is the one who helps me see in new ways and to understand what was not understood.
The pilgrim journeys I make, including this cruise, hopefully take me to places that give me a clearer perspective on life, so seeing I can see; or to put it another way, to places where I can hear the still, quiet voice and listen to the silent music, above the din – Babel/babble – of our constantly connected, 24/7, 21st C lives. The journeys to such points of view and listening posts may be long, or short. Sometimes as simple as getting into that boat and going over to the other side .
On this Sunday morning dozens of cyclists were out on their bikes, some of them getting into a boat crossing over to the other side right before my eyes – on Reedham Ferry!
Well, that’s something I hadn’t seen before!