The #BigRead13 Day 1
You can find Day 1’s post from the #BigRead13 here.
Today’s Bible reading was Genesis 1:1-31 – the creation of the world in six days – a reminder that it is not just us who came from dust but the whole of creation.
The quote from the Magician’s Nephew refers to a time of pure, cold, difficult music; a flash of fire (the Holy Spirit?); and a call to “awake, love, think, speak.” Praying on this last thought – it is all too easy to pray in the abstract; to forget God when thinking and speaking away from times of prayer; to not be alive to his presence amongst us and in everyone we meet. Yet are we not all his creation, formed from the same dust?
The prayer suggestion asks for us to be thankful for the beauty around us. Somehow there has been bad news around recently for friends, friends of friends, family and even for us. Some of that gave me cause to hug my boy even closer today, and be thankful. The sight of his sheer happiness when our cat, Phoebe appeared – that sense of childlike wonder in the beauty of a fellow living creature – spoke to me.
Finally, the prayer suggestion well, suggested, that we “take time to be”. I definitely need to do more of this. To take time not to be busy. It’s no secret that my job has been far more “full on” than I’d have liked for the last, oh, nine months. Some time to relax, be quiet and still is needed. I’ve just taken time to do that very thing in fact – Allegri’s Miserere. I didn’t get to go to this evening’s Choral Eucharist, so I missed out on hearing the choir perform. But it isn’t really the choir performing, is it, with this piece? It’s the Holy Spirit crying out with the word of God – Psalm 51 – “Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness : according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.” And after that, quiet to think, and pray, and turn – just a fraction more – towards God and away from sin. Amen.