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Hope in the fog and rainbow (that’s not the name of a pub, by the way)

Here’s the other blog post I wrote during my Lenten break from Facebook, which you may not have seen. This proved to be wonderfully, prophetically true, right from the day I posted it. I love how our God turns things around for good.

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Thick fog draped the South Downs, marshes and fields as I drove over to Brighton from Hastings the other day, making driving conditions difficult and robbing the countryside of its usual verdant vibrancy.

I pondered how my emotional and spiritual life has felt fog-like over recent months, drudging as I have through a sludge of uncertainty, self-doubt, bereavements, practical problems, over-introspection, low mood and relationship difficulties, all no doubt exacerbated by physical tiredness from increasing demands and pressures at work and the endless broken nights forgivably caused by our delightful 2-year-old daughter!

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Gingerly negotiating my way round the blind bends, I thought about how I’ve tried to ‘slow down’ in my spiritual fog recently, taking more time to pray and reflect, to seek more of God again*.

Driving along the A27, I remembered in reflection and prayer how fog often seems to be a precursor to glorious sunshine, and felt…

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Going Deeper

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I have very special memories of spending some rare time alone on one of the hottest days of last year, walking, praying & photographing along a beautiful canal. I was inspired to write ‘Going Deeper’.
As well as the heat, the solitude, the time for reflection and enjoyment of nature, I powerfully recall, after the walk, the painful-pleasurable sensation of tiny fragments of ice sliding down into my stomach as I sipped an iced frappe from McDonalds!
It’s time to go deeper into God again. As part of that venture, I decided I’d (temporarily) deactivate my Facebook account over Lent. Then I thought, ‘why wait till next Tuesday?’ So I’m deactivating my FB account from tomorrow. Looking forward to the plunge!

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How’s this for an amazing photo?

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What do you mean, it’s just a rubbish picture of a river, with a fish vaguely visible under the surface? This is an action shot! This is a photo of a huge fish just after it dived down at the sight of me raising my camera.

This is a picture of a disappearing act.

On one of our recent record-breakingly hot days, I had the rare pleasure of a long, leisurely walk along a rural canal, enjoying the tranquillity of some time alone, to ponder, pray and photograph.

Fish were rising to the surface of the Basingstoke Canal, but as soon as this one saw me prepare to take the photo, it quickly submerged.

It sparked a thought. At the slightest perceived threat, the fish went deeper.

And for people who know and love God, there’s always an innate, but sometimes latent, desire to…

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The Source

Re-posted with photos…

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I went to a wedding, recently, of two beautiful young people. The bride, Katy, is my wife’s goddaughter.

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I love weddings. Like most people probably, I enjoy seeing love being celebrated and of course I can’t resist a slap-up meal! This couple put on a hog roast. I’d never had a hog roast before and, although I’m not much of a carnivore (I’m no vegetarian but nor do I have the cravings that many people have for bacon sandwiches or KFC, and I’ll often go for veggie options), I have to say that the hog roast was delicious!

But it wasn’t just an enjoyable service and a quality meal. It wasn’t even just the celebration of two people committing their lives to each other with sincerity and adoration that was so special.

All those things are a justifiable source of joy, but there was a far more significant ingredient…

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