Welcome to our reflection

Here are some ideas of how to use these reflections: 

  • Pray that God will lead your thoughts. 
  • Sit comfortably, take a few deep breaths and relax. 
  • Let your mind wander as you read the reflection. Write down your thoughts in a notebook. If you are busy, try and pick out something to take with you in odd moments during the day. 
  • You may wish to memorise the Bible verse. Write it out and stick it up somewhere. 

Vision

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!


(1 Corinthians 13:12, The Message)

Reflexions

Recently, I’ve been taking more time to look at things close at hand, seeing the detail. A bird arrives in the garden and I remain still, noticing its shape and colour and its way of moving. Possibly I may identify it and feel the excitement of finding that it is a new visitor. This is an absorbing occupation and I feel blessed with the gift of vision, assisted sometimes by glasses or binoculars. Of course there are other ways of seeing. Using memory and imagination we can see again the events of the past, both joys and sorrows – and those things which hover between the two. Is there something you have been remembering lately?
The future of course is different. The Bible tells us of prophets who were able to foretell possible futures, to warn or to encourage. In the past, some people have thought that by looking into a crystal ball they would be able to see the future.
Indeed, in different cultures, a variety of divination methods have been used to foretell the future – accuracy not guaranteed.
At the moment, as we begin to see light at the end of the long Covid tunnel, we may find ourselves looking into the future with a variety of emotions.
What do you look forward to? You might make a list of the things you plan to appreciate. There may be aspects of the changes ahead which worry you. It’s a good idea to make a list of those too, so that you can be clear about what they are and pray about them. What have you learnt in the past months about coping with uncertainty?


Sometimes a person looking and thinking ahead can be called a visionary – a person able to hope, plan and envision ahead into a better future. It might seem over ambitious for we ourselves to be called visionaries but so many aspects of our former lives and priorities have been overturned that there might be space now to see ahead into positive change and into ways of keeping some valued lessons from the pandemic. Forming a picture of that future is a first step. Our Bible verse from Corinthians, with its more up to date slant on ‘seeing through a glass darkly’, reminds us not only about the quality of our own vision but also about how clearly God sees us.


Lindsay Farley

If you wish to print the reflections, please click on the links below for the pdf documents:

Vision – week commencing 4th April

Celebration – week commencing 28th March

Stuck – week commencing 21st March

Roots – week commencing 14th March

Fragility – week commencing 7th March

Snowdrop – week commencing 28th February

Rest – week commencing 21st February

Tears – week commencing 14th February

Waking Up – week commencing 7th February

Snow – week commencing 31st January

Frost – week commencing 24th January

Rain – week commencing 17th January

Up Hill and Down Dale – week commencing 10th January

Journey – week commencing 3rd January

Frost – week commencing 22nd November

Empty Pots? – week commencing 15th November

Silver Birch – week commencing 8th November

A Motto – week commencing 1st November

Labyrinth – week commencing 25th October

Late Planting – week commencing 18th October

Cyclamen – week commencing 11th October

Strong Winds Blow – week commencing 4th October

Autumn and Change – week commencing 27th September

Old Leaves and New Buds – week commencing 20th September

Spiders’ Webs – week commencing 13th September

Beyond our Comfort Zone – week commencing 6th September

Pass it on – week commencing 30th August

Stars – week commencing 23rd August

A free gift – week commencing 19th July

Bindweed – week commencing 12th July

Dappled shade – week commencing 5th July

Walking beneath a Cliff – week commencing 28th June

Pruning – week commencing 21st June

Love-in-a-Mist – week commencing 14th June

Keep it simple – week commencing 7th June

Masks – week commencing 31st May

On the way – week commencing 24th May

Sanctuary – week commencing 17th May

What’s in a name? – week commencing 10th May

Cow Parsley – week commencing 3rd May

All at Sea – week commencing 26th April

Feather and Raindrops – week commencing 19th April

Faithfulness – week commencing 12th April

Maundy Thursday Reflections – 9th April

Freedom – week commencing 29th March