Wasn't that confirmation special? We had a barbecue for our 6 newly confirmed people and their families, and everyone was still glowing! It was a wonderful evening of worship, witness and commitment. And as for Leanne's testimony - you really put us through the wringer Leanne. Sorrow, joy, pain and love all mingled together, just like the Gospel. Thank you! Huge thanks too to the Church Hill Praise Band, the technical team and the office because we couldn't have begum to do it without you.
What about Radiance? Not all the feedback on the poets was positive because not everyone likes poetry. But a quite a few people said they enjoyed my piece called Living Water, so it's copied out below. Others said they would like to order our book Five Squared. Well you can find it on www.Lulu.com: go to buy, then type in Five Squared in the text box. It's £12.50 + p&p. Enjoy!
Anyway sabbatical things start seriously soon. Off to Queen's College in Birmingham on Thursday for some induction, then a week at Harnhill near Cirencester to learn more about healing...
Little bottle at my elbow,
can it be that you have shared
in the world-encircling surf and surge,
that you threw yourself on the shore
to break cliffs and drown cities
that you danced with the moon your lover
and beat with the steady breathing of the earth,
that you were home to shark and sponge
and Beryl in a bikini?
O can it be that the sun your father
warmed you and called you higher,
that your brother the wind chased you
rapturously round the skies
to make diamonds together, swifter
than Superman and more gaudy?
Did you invent a billion new shapes
as you drifted over the mountains
and hardened into the monsters that grind them away?
Or did you fall as swift rain
that quickens the earth and spurns it
as you spurted through its valleys
to surge in the seas again?
How can it be that we caught you
and moulded you to our plastic will?
That you wait, servant-like,
in the shape we assigned you
until the time comes to pour forth again?
If it be that I may taste of so holy a thing,
then may the tide of the universe in you
flow through this body
and live in every cell.