On nurturing hope.

I sat in the shed. Turned the laptop on and clicked the zoom link. 

I wondered at what kind of strange world we live in where we conduct services through a screen. Thankful for the chance to connect despite the distance.

Through smiley introductions we made our way. Turned off screens, muted ourselves and sat to remember who we are, who we walk with. Together, separately, we tried to glean some food for our souls to take into the week. 

We listened to music to soothe the soul. We listened to ourselves, found out how we were:

“But if you’re drifting away. If it’s falling apart.
Let yourself, be quietly drawn by the stronger call of what you really love.
Let your soul, The one that you brought with you safe to this moment in time,
Whisper to your fears, And wrestle with the noise of this night, for you”

Martyn Joseph always seems to know how to get in under my defences. 

We sat in silence, read passages from the old old story of a God who calls us on. 

“Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of your peace,
the beauty of your peace.” 

We heard gentle calls of Jesus to weary souls. 

I read some of Isaiah 40, marvelled again at the stunning picture of God storming over the hills in power to then gently lead as a shepherd, tenderly caring for those who have young, whispering reality into my depths. 

“You who bring good news to Zion,
    go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem
    lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
    say to the towns of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.

He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.”

We remembered we are in this together. We go on together. As Martyn Joseph sings “It’s taken all this time, to turn around and see, the sum of all these parts is we.” We are not alone in this weary exhausted landscape. 

The internet broke and I got frustrated but, despite that, peace had entered my mind again. I stepped out of the shed into the dark with a grin on my face and warmth within. Glad of a chance to nurture hope. 

If you want about 45 minutes of peace and the chance to nurture some hope, the slides and music are in the google slide document below, click away and enjoy some rest with your Maker. 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Pi-W3-OZXZpNqlQ1yxYFJmgv0_V0XJijNaU7533ocwg/edit?usp=sharing

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