Welcome to our reflection for Church without Walls 

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. 

Late Planting – week commencing 18th October

Bible Verse

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!

(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Reflection 

The picture above is of a plant called Tithonia. I had not heard of them until this summer, when, on a ‘Gardeners’ World’ programme, they were shown and described; lovely orange flowers, apparently growing 3-4 feet in height. The time for seed planting was long gone but then these encouraging words were spoken, ‘It’s not too late to plant them now!’ Swiftly, though without huge optimism, I obtained some seeds and planted them. As if keen to make up for lost time and get on with life, they germinated and developed into strong seedlings. I planted them out into the garden when everything else was in full flower. As I had definitely left it too late, I thought they would probably just struggle for a bit and produce no flowers. Are there things you are reluctant to try, do or explore because you fear you have left it too late? Are there things you have left unsaid – thanks, a compliment, an apology – because you fear you have left it too late? Is there someone whose name you have forgotten and you fear it is too late to ask? What is it that you fear – failure, embarrassment, or something else? The Tithonia in my garden have taught me a wonderful lesson because, contrary to my expectation, they have grown strong and tall. Even then I doubted they would produce flowers before the first frosts. Autumn came and on my early morning garden inspection, I caught sight of a flash of bright orange amid the other plants, which were already beginning to fade and decline – a single Tithonia flower, followed by numerous others! In my autumnal garden they now stand out the brightest and the best. They continue to flower as birds feed on the seed heads of the sunflowers roundabout.
These flowers have illustrated that, even planting late, remarkable things can happen. The Tithonia grew in spite of my pessimism. Are there ways in which you find doubt getting in the way? Are there ways in which a late beginning has surprised you with success? Our Bible verse reminds us that with God a new beginning is always possible, even when we fear we have left it late in the day. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!


Lindsay Farley

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

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