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.
I think we all know that there is a great deal in the Bible and indeed in all world religious traditions about love. A word that stands at the heart of what it might mean to be human. Love connects. Love builds bridges. Love transforms. Something we long for particularly in these times of this connection and relative isolation.
This picture is a simple one – a card written by a friend to express gratitude. It sits on the top of my cabinet at home and as a visual reminder of the person who wrote it. The message inside is abiding and uplifting. It reminds me that I am not alone–that I am connected with the writer and the meaning of its words.
My Command is this: Love each other as I have loved you (John 15:12)
A Prayer for Friends
Almighty and eternal God,
have mercy on your servants, our friends.
Keep them continually under your
and direct them according to your gracious favor
in the way of eternal salvation.
May they desire whatever pleases you,
and with all their strength strive to do it.
As they trust in your mercy, O Lord,
graciously assist them with your heavenly
that they may always diligently serve you,
and be separated from you by no temptations;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Thomas a Kempis)
Why not consider dropping a card or a postcard to someone that you haven’t been in touch with for a while? Think about the possibility of sharing news or a memory?
I’m planning to write 2 to 3 people who have inspired me over the last few years to tell them how grateful I am for what they have given to me.
Share this reflection here.