Looking through the window in Llangasty Retreat House, in the distance, a lake spreads out before me. All is calm and peaceful. Ducks and geese, swans and gulls glide gently across it. The trees and shrubs growing along its edge are reflected in the water and are growing strong and healthy.
I remember Jesus words to the storm on the lake of Galilee and His command, “Peace, be still!” I delight in the remembrance that God set the waters in their place and in His power over all creation and I hear Him saying to me as inner storms toss me around and cause me to fear, “Peace be still!” and I delight in the inner calm that envelops me. I say with inner joy, “Thankyou Lord, for loving me!”
Sometimes little boats or yachts sale across that lake. Nothing frightens them. I remember that the church is like a boat, sailing across the sea of life and in which we travel on our journey to God.
That boat is a life-
with different gifts and skills and that everyone is equally important, and all are interdependent. I delight in the knowledge that we too are called to join that crew and that He sends us His Holy Spirit to give us the words to say to others who face storms in their lives. He enables us to say to them, “Peace be still. The Lord is with you, He will see you through and He has sent me to help you to cope.” Together we can say, “Thankyou Lord for lobbing us!” Amen.
Thoughts from Llangasty: 4
Early in the morning I would sit and watch the day begin.
One morning it was dull and overcast. Then gradually, as the sun arose, the clouds seemed to disappear, and the sky became blue, the colour of peace. As the sun rose higher the light gave a glow to everything and a feeling of warmth and the promise of a glorious day ahead.
I remembered the story in Genesis about that first day when our great Creator called the first morning into being and that He delighted in what He had made as He saw that everything was good.
Again, I looked out across the lake and my heart was filled with joy and I delighted in His promise of another day ahead and I said, “Yes Lord, all is indeed, very good!”
During the holiday period many of us will have the opportunity to experience new places. Wherever we go, creation will speak to us of our maker. But will we hear what is being said? Will we see God in nature and hear Him speaking through it all?
Jesus looked around Him and from what He saw, He told stories that we call parables. Parables are earthly stories with heavenly meanings.
For the next few weeks, I will be taking some examples from different places and share with you, what I feel our Father is saying through them, to me. Next week, ‘Beside the sea’.
May your summer weeks be filled with the presence of God and give you healing and inner peace.