Sarum Pause for Reflection: Beloved

While the physical buildings of Sarum College have been closed for some few weeks our life and work goes on. We are continuing to teach and support ministry students in their formation. The work of our postgraduate theological Study through our MA offer also continues–offered online rather than in the physical space of the college.

Like many others we are keen to put our learning to use. We want to nourish the human spirit and explore what that might mean in these unsettling and rather perplexing times. So here is another week of what we are calling Sarum Pause for Reflection published three times a week on a number of themes.  

The framework is simple – a  theme, an image, some inspiration from scripture and a short reflection which might lead into some action and prayer. All contained within a few words on a standard A4 sheet. We hope that you might want to use them or share them with your friends and colleagues. Above all we hope that they will support you and encourage you in these coming days.

Reflection

The sun and its reflection on the River Avon perhaps evokes a sense of stillness, of focus and, or even reassuring warmth. Look at way the water picks up its light.

We believe that we are made in the image of God. God’s creation is essentially an act of  love but especially for we complicated and distracted human beings. The verse from Isaiah offers the reassurance of both protection and restoration in that Love. God’s love for us is what matters supremely, and that is the last word, not all the dreariness and despondency that easily get on top of us. Our efforts are sometimes neither necessary or effective! This is humbling– But perhaps it is thought that can help us towards a truer perspective

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 
Isaiah 43:1

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Prayer

God of Goodness, I come into your presence so aware of my human frailty and yet overwhelmed by your love for me. 
I thank you that there is no human experience that I might walk through where your love cannot reach me. 
If I climb the highest mountain you are there and yet if I find myself in the darkest valley of my life, you are there. 
Teach me today to love you more. 
Help me to rest in that love that asks nothing more than the simple trusting heart of a child.

– Author Unknown

Action

If you find yourself distracted or discouraged read this verse from Isaiah and remember how deeply beloved that you are of God.

Reflect on the things that deeply matter and know yourself as precious, unique and loved.

Share this reflection here.


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