WITH PHOTOGRAPHS FOR CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER
CANON PETER BROOKS
THE GREATER GOWER DEANERY IN
THE DIOCESE OF
SWANSEA AND BRECON
Here we have a lovely photograph of a bridge out in the country giving a safe way to cross a clear river which seems to be flowing onward into the unknown.
To me it speaks of life in general. The greenery reminds me of creation, the un-
The river speaks to me of our lives flowing on into the unknown. ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17:28
The greenery and the river are a symbol of life death and rebirth. The leaves will fade in the autumn and fall leaving the branches bare and seemingly dead. But we know that when spring returns so will the leaves which breath life giving oxygen into the atmosphere.
They return as we celebrate Easter and the rising to life again of our Lord Jesus who breathes the Holy spirit of life for eternity into those who love Him.
In the river we see the reflection of the life giving shrubs growing along its banks. All that happens in our lives is reflected in us and influences the way we behave. It reminds me that most of all we should be reflecting the risen Lord and be His ambassadors where ever we go.
The bridge is God Himself Who watches over us and provide a way for us to cross over the problems we encounter and bears us safely to the other side.
The river in the photograph disappears into darkness but if we look above it the light shines through the trees reminding me that when life seems dark, we must believe that even if we can’t see Him, the light of God’s love is always there.
Wherever we are this summer, let’s look around us and see what God is saying to us, for all of creation has a Gospel to proclaim. I wonder, therefore, what you and I say to those who observe us?
THE CLEAR RIVER
Just look at the clear clean water and the way it has nourished the shrubbery around it. Fed with its pure life-
The water looks as if it is inviting fish and other creatures to enter it to refresh themselves and to be renewed for their life ahead.
Jesus is the pure water of Life and if we partake of Him, we also will flourish and grow in our faith and witness. Do our lives attract others in such a way that they too will come to the water of life where the heat of the problems that face them will be cooled and cleansed? They may emerge as new people who follow the flowing river of Jesus care for them until they join forever the oceans of His love.