Welcome to The Glaven Valley Benefice

Thoughts from the Rectory

 for August 2022

Rev Richard Lawry

Dear Friends,

At Café Church in Cley last month, I was encouraging people to sit around and do nothing!  I should explain……
A word of background on Café Church, incidentally: this happens on the 3rd Sunday of every month (11.15) at Cley, and it’s a service where we do things more informally, including sitting round tables, enjoying coffee and croissants etc.  So there’s a fair amount of sitting anyway!  The theme of our July Café Church was “Sitting Room”: I was encouraging people to make room for just “sitting” in their lives – in other words, making ourselves stop, look, listen.  And it was also the theme covered in our Bible readings in other, more traditional services around the benefice that day, when we read about Jesus visiting Martha and Mary, and encouraging Martha to take a break from the practical chores, and sit and listen for a bit.  (The story is at the end of Luke chapter 10.)
The Welsh poet, WH Davies, famously wrote: “What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stop and stare?”  Whatever our approach to spiritual matters, it’s always a good idea to take time to stop and contemplate.  To be a “human being” again, not just a “human doing”.  Whether or not we are church-goers, and sense a loving God behind all beauty, it’s very restorative to sit and do nothing for a moment, to take in the beauty of our surroundings, and let wonder take over from worry.
I’ve noted before, as we all often do, how very blessed we are to live in this beautiful area, with so much space and peace, with big skies and wide horizons, and so much untamed nature, and phenomenal bird-life.  It’s perhaps easier here than in some other places to stand in awe at creation.
Life is not always a bed of roses.  But even if we’re feeling troubled or burdened, in fact perhaps especially if we are, the invitation is always there to look beyond the problems, to a timeless beauty beyond the present moment, and infinitely bigger than us.
Whether or not prayer is something that’s part of your life, why not make time to stop, and wonder, and connect with the source of all beauty and goodness and love.
On holiday or at work, I hope you find some rest in August!