Reflecting the glory around us…

As I lay here enjoying the warmth and brightness of the sun. 


I look out to the sea as I turn I can see the rocky edges of the coast line. 


Then I look behind me to see the towering cliffs that cover this stretch of the coast. 


Cliff that seem to offer protection from the odd small cloud that seems to appear from the other side. 


What I love the most is the little church on the hill. 


It tells the story of the history of this place, that amongst the country’s beauty there has been the need to give thanks for all those things given and taken away. 


It takes us to the past, the way people used to live. 


Lives that may have been simpler in what people had or did. One day I may even walk up to it… Every time we come I think it’s a good idea – but only when it’s cooler – so maybe not this year!


Just being in this climate you slow down, you know what your body needs – plenty of fluids and not too much time in the sun. 


Living with the basics is often a strange concept for many of us. 


One of the books I have been reading –


It tells of a woman’s journey to find is she destined to get married for a third time or is she “nun material”.

I kept reading because she ends up at Sneaton Castle at Whitby. Whitby was one of the many places I loved to go as a child. Along with many other places that have long faith connections and North Yorkshire is rich with them – fountains, reivaux, byland and many other Abbeys. 

Mount Grace Priory I particularly remember as one year when the Thirsk and Northallerton Methodist Circuits joined together the service took place in the grounds. I remember it well as somehow my minister at the time persuaded me to play John Wesley as he had preached in Osmotherly a few times. As I had long hair at the time my minister put me in a cassock and asked me to walk from one place to another with a very big bible. I know someone on the day took a photo but I’m so glad I’ve not seen it since! (I refused to have talk sprinkled over my hair from his later years!)

I’ve always felt there is something special about those types of places, a deeper closeness to God – maybe because they were built on prayer. 

I’ve often wondered how I would have coped living in a community like that, one day I may find out… Or maybe not!…

About localpreacherforkliftdriver

I am currently a Methodist Minister in the Huddersfield Circuit with pasoral charge of Hade edge, Scholes, Parkwood and Bradley churches. Views are my own.
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