Whenever I am despairing of life, it is the honesty of the Bible that saves me. I am that child again, looking into the eyes of the storyteller, stuck in the middle, but longing for that good ending I’m promised.
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This is the only way to accept praise and criticism, especially of your work – with a light hand. Don’t swallow the opinions down: the good ones are too saccharine, the bad ones too bitter to digest. Hold them in your hand lightly.
I was once at a confirmation service where the former Bishop of Exeter, Michael Langrish, gave an excellent sermon, using a ladder as an illustration. My memory of it is a little dim now, so I’ll be forgetting the nuances of his point, but in any case the image of a ladder has remained in my mind.
Those Who Wait: Finding God in Disappointment, Doubt and Delay
– Tanya Marlow
Coming 16 Oct 2017
Speak, when all you want to do is close your eyes and hope it goes away.
Conversely, hand your beloved microphone to someone who wasn’t invited to the front.
God, dwelling with God’s people, shared their desire to dwell somewhere more permanent, safe, and beautiful than just a tent in the wilderness. We have a God-given longing for a ‘spacious place’.
I hoarded, as a child; I made collections. Stamps, candles, letters, memories.
As an adult I hoard memories, especially now I am chronically ill. When you are in the outside world, who knows when you can repeat the experience?
This is how we come to God, as children, as needy people, hands open, on our knees. It is not a posture we take very often; we wish to be seen as capable, strong, independent. But it is the only way to receive blessing – to have both hands out in surrender to catch it.