Vicar’s Message for June/July

I love the month of June with its long light days and evenings.  There is something about the light which gives me energy and clarity which so often seems lacking in the dark winter months.

We need spiritual light as much as we need the physical light, and that spiritual light is often termed enlightenment … our souls, hearts and minds light up when we grasp and embrace the truth of God.

Most of you will by now have noticed the seasonal prayer in the newly cleaned and tidied south porch and I thought you might like to know how I came to it.

Like many of you, I enjoy reading, and one of the authors I find helpful is Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun, who has been described as one of America’s visionary voices for the past 30 years.  She writes these words in her book, Illuminated Life:

“Enlightenment is the ability to see beyond all the things we make God to find God …To be enlightened is to know that heaven is not “coming”.  Heaven is here.  We have simply not been able to realise that yet because, like King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail, we look in all the wrong places, worship all the wrong idols, get fixated on all the wrong notions of God.  We are always on our way to somewhere else, when this place, the place in which I stand, wherever it is, is the place of my procession into God, the site of my union with the Life that gives life”

 Amid all the highs and lows of our lives, my prayer for you this season is that you will know God’s presence more closely and catch a glimpse of that heaven on earth.

 God of light and life,

as we rejoice in the summer’s light,

give us your light in our hearts,

so that we may see with clarity your presence here,

and be filled with your life

to serve you and your world. 

Amen.

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