It was a brilliant morning in church today. I only went because it was a young man speaking in church for the first time; I was very tempted to stay in bed but forced myself out and I'm very glad I did.
The theme was prayer and reflection and it was a very different morning from the usual. Dan brought us so many lovely and thought-provoking readings and images, and we had the opportunity to scribble, write and paint.
He compared us to pencils in five ways - bear with me and I'll find the bit of paper I made notes on (and I never make notes!) ...
1. You are capable of great things.
2. You have to be sharpened i.e. you go through difficult times but grow through those (I know a pencil gets shorter not grows but you know what I mean).
3. It's okay to correct a mistake.
4. It's what is at your core that is important.
5. You will always leave a mark so be aware of what mark you are leaving.
He said, 'Look at the pencil in your hand. What is at your core? What has God given you to make a mark with?'
And it occurred to me that it is indeed a pencil that God has given me i.e. the gift of writing, and that I want to use that more creatively, expressively, extravagantly in the year ahead. I want the mark I leave behind me to be love-shaped.
Dan ended by reading a blessing that began something like this:
May you have faith in God and may you come to see that God has faith in you.
May you believe in Jesus and you may you come to see that Jesus believes in you ...
The final line was 'may you be covered in the dust of the rabbi, Jesus,' or as I read it, 'the dust of the rabbit.'
I can't be serious for too long after all.