While taking my daily walk down Fisherton Street and into the city to combine exercise with some shopping I encountered a number of people. We negotiated proper distance and in this it was hard not to notice how people looked. Some tired, some determined but most, including myself a little bit anxious and fearful. This is of course natural and to be expected but fear is a powerful and unsettling emotion.
It is a natural response to threat or danger. In Salisbury Cathedral these verses from Isaiah are inscribed on the inside of the font. They remind us of how God knows us and holds us in love. God’s presence is particularly abiding in and through our vulnerabilities.
Isaiah 43:1 “Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.”
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour healing light on you
Deep peace of Christ the light of the world to you
Deep peace of Christ to you
give thanks for the gift of sleep but also the gift of struggle;
awake may we watch with you, asleep, may we rest in peace.
May God hold our life, our hope and fears within the still clear gaze of love.
If you find yourself passing a stranger then offer a short greeting along with a smile. These small gestures can often be an expression of care and concern the lift and hold others.
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