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.
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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.
It’s much easier to draw a correlation in the Bible between good followers of God who have suffered, than good people who haven’t. My interview (30 minutes audio or transcript) on disability and M.E. for Off The Page.
We looked at each other, and we just knew. She told me about her child’s cancer diagnosis, and I told her about my weakening legs.