This week's reflections are from Mary Grinyer
Monday 18th October
How wonderful to be able to go to church and sing again! Such was my experience on Sunday evening 3<sup>rd</sup>October. What a wonderfully moving experience to be greeted warmly and genuinely. Aren’t people marvellous? God’s highest creation; no wonder, he looks on us with love and we should do the same as we look at one another. This is the counsel of perfection. Alas, impossible to live up to but at least we can try and be more loving, listening and caring and let people know that they matter to us.
Saying thank you makes such a difference to both the giver and the receiver.
A lot of us experience a form of religion which emphasises that we are sinners and can never be worthy of redemption, even though Jesus has redeemed us. In extreme Catholics this can take the form of flagellation, fasting and other forms of penance. Obviously repentance and sorrow are essential when we realise our need to acknowledge our sins but there is no need for further action by us.
When I was a child of about 8 my father’s mother had a wooden cross and told me to look at the nail holes which remained when the nails were removed. These were like the sins I had committed. What an effect this had on me that I can still remember! Was it right to say this to a child?
I remember once a group from our church In Southover, Lewes went on a church family holiday held in Southwold and the preacher put us in the pit at the beginning of the week and we never seemed to come out of it. Those of us who were Charismatic found this so depressing. Surely fully knowing a loving God and Jesus as our saviour is a source of joy and love and giving.
The other week in Compline we were looking at Mark 12 and verses 28 to 34. Verse 34 struck me for the first time. Jesus replies to the young man that he was not far from the kingdom of heaven and I thought how wonderful it would be for me if Jesus said that to me.
I often think how moving it is that Jesus calls us by name. What a difference this made to Mary, Peter, Thomas and many others to whom he appeared after his resurrection. I think we can hear him calling us by name.
Friday 15th October
These show an amazing collection of recent photos by American photographer Tyler Mitchell that, whilst not dwelling on the past inevitably show how the past informs the present, whilst also giving rise to new vistas of possibility. Here's the explanation of one of the photos:
Time for a New Sky, 2020
The large format print, Time for a New Sky, shows a young man on a rooftop gently lifting a large fabric upward, blanketing the sky. For Mitchell, the image is a representation of self-possession and Mitchell’s belief in radical optimism: the figure has the sky in his hands, he can shape new horizons
Thursday 14th October
Another reflection based upon the intersection of race and disability
Wednesday 13th October
The Alzheimer's society is highlighting this month how dementia affects black people, whilst also celebrating stories of black people living with dementia.
Tuesday 12th October
Be inspired by the story of Pauli Murray