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The third in a series of Quiet Days with Kate and Judy from Moray Cottage Quiet Garden.
In our opening meeting there were 8 of us, including someone from Australia. In the closing meeting two others were able to join us, and one or two unable to come back after the silence. As we usually do, those who wished shared thoughts from their silent time, while others’ silence is always as much appreciated.It was so good to be able to connect with others during these times together, and everyone seemed very appreciative of this.Several others have expressed an interest in joining us next time, including someone from Kansas!
A prayer for the world from the Church of England Covid19 prayer book:
God of love and hope, you made the world and care for all creation, but the world feels strange right now. The news is full of stories about Coronavirus. Some people are worried that they might get ill. Others are anxious for their family and friends.Be with them and help them to find peace.We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,and all who are working to discover the right medicines to help those who are ill. Thank you that even in these anxious times, you are with us. Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe. Amen
A Quiet Garden Prayer – a special prayer from the 25th Anniversary of the Quiet Garden Movement:
In our looking, our seeing, our awareness.Silence in our hearing and listening.Silence in our searching, striving, and forbearance:The stillness of God in all reasoning and understanding.There may we find, refuge from sorrows and trials;Strength for challenge of day and loneliness of night;Protection in moments of danger;Peace in the wonder of creation.God, be the source of our strength, the solid rock on which we stand.In you we place our whole being.Trusting in your silence wherein your still small voice beckons.AMEN
A Rap Prayer written by Michael in his ‘silence’ (shared with permission)
We are all in isolation Seeking compensation From the tribulation Through the ordination Of our own vocation In such clarification As a one world nation And experience jubilation The world needs our absenceA return to common senseto become pure essenceIn unique transcendence This unexpected retreat Is where we all can meet The collective solitude of a vast multitude It’s an opportunityFor all of humanity To rediscover our unity In a deeper connectivity To an unseen divinity.
‘Jungle’ – from Landscapes of Prayer by Margaret Silf as shared at Moray Cottage Quiet Garden zoom meeting 29th April 2020
“The dominant colour is green, green, and more green. Every shade of green. The colour of luxuriant growth and God’s over-the-top fecundity.And then a new presence darts across the scene – a magnificent butterfly, threading a trail of vibrant colour through the weaving of the sea of green. As I gaze through the soaring bamboos to the distant hills of the Malaysian heartlands, this butterfly speaks to me of both the splendour and struggle of the jungle and reminds me of the story of the little boy in a school science laboratory, who was eagerly watching the emergence of a butterfly from its cocoon. As the butterfly began its struggle to get free of the tangled threads that held it, the boy took pity on it and tried to shorten its battle into life by cutting through the threads that seemed to be imprisoning it.
The butterfly died.
The birth struggle had been essential, to pump the necessary strength into its wings to enable it to fly. Without struggle there is no life. The wrestling is part of the revealing. It is in our striving that we grow, just as these soaring bamboos live out their livers between searing heat, torrential rain, and almost daily tropical storms as thy reach for the tropical skies above them.Most of us don’t live in the jungle, and may never enter such a space physically. Yet the jungle is all around us. The human jungle. The urban jungle. These are the places where we live out our lives, and they are not called “jungles’ for nothing.The jungle is a place of almost overwhelming and fast-moving growth, and home to an incredible diversity of life. Ethnic diversity. Cultural diversity. A wide and often conflicting diversity of opinion. Amazing things are gestating out there.Who knows what gifts are latent in those children running wild in our streets? Who can guess what tenderness there is in the hearts of the mothers in the ghetto, or what courage in the ones who dare to speak their truth when their principles run up against the contrary tides of public opinion?
Who can tell what new visions are being forged in the heat of our hostilities?” (and in lockdown?)
At the end of our meeting we once again used the beautiful Irish Blessing, which is noted at the end of the previous meeting.
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