Friday, August 26, 2011

a nice bt of greenery

A few more photos from my Cornish holidays this year

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

a leaf of faith

Sorry, the title is kind of a private joke ...

but, you know, God in the small things and all that .... the natural world, friendship, love - these are the leaps of faith that enable us to make connections ...

(Trebah Gardens)

We often hear of unconditional love, and I don't deny it's existence. I am starting to wonder if there is also such a thing as residual love. One example might be the love we continue to feel for people from whom we have been parted, by death or otherwise. That residual love seems to stay with us and we can tap into it when we need or desire it. That's what we might call individual residual love.

Is there also such a thing as group or communal residual love? For example, the esteem we feel for well known personages which continues after their lifetimes, especially in their works, or the people and communities they have helped.

Is there something deeper? Why, for instance, do some places of worship, or some special gardens, seem to exude peace? Are they imbued with the deep soul of people who have been there? These people may have only visited once or often. Is it just tradition or habit which leads to Temples, Churches, Mosques being built on the site of ancient religious sites?

(Hepworth Garden)

There are special images I recall from growing up and they involve many sensory experiences: like walking the lanes to the Minnack Theatre on days which were alway sunny on my back and skin, the scents of the wild herbs, the blue sky; like that big old moon close to the horizon walking home when I missed the last bus from Penzance to St Ives.

God in the garden, at the seaside, in the lanes, on the moors ....

.... a leaf of faith: who knows where we will find love or affection? Who knows when the world may turn on a sixpence (that's 2.5 pence to you) and everything will change? Things we thought lost may yet be found; wishes we make with coins in fountains may yet come true.

and here is a prayer I noticed in the Church at Zennor:

Circle me, Lord.
Keep protection near
And danger afar.
Circle me, Lord
Keep hope within.
Keep doubt without.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep light near
And darkness afar.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep peace within.
Keep evil out.
david adam

May your own God bless you this night

Monday, August 8, 2011

The spaces between

This is probably not the most picturesque shot I took whilst on holiday - I like it though because it made me think about the spaces between what we see - and how they are sometimes just as interesting or even more interesting than what we thought we were looking at, or thinking about.

Then I thought about focus. If you focus on the space, does the boundary become more or less well defined? If the boundaries did not exist, there would be no spaces. So, if we start to consider 'down' times in life as spaces between boundaries rather than as just 'emptiness', we might start to think about how we can move on to the next area.

Meanwhile some more pictures...... and I didn't realise how often spaces seem to appeal to me until I looked at these ..