We have a few families in the United Kingdom that we are pretty close to, they have all been tremendous encouragers and we’ve been able to foster community in unique and beautiful ways over the years despite the Atlantic Ocean being between us.
Two families are the Sexton’s and the Graveling’s. They live in Norwich, UK, we’ve been there a few times and I love going there. Actually, our son Brennan is going there this summer and live with the Sexton’s for a couple of weeks to be with their son (who’s a good friend from when they were 4 and 5 and we were all at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA) and to work with refugees and asylum seekers through an organization they work with called English Plus. I’m excited for Brennan, for what he’ll learn as he experiences this…he’s a good listener and worker, and simply a great person!
One of my favorite spots in Norwich is the anchorage for Julian of Norwich, and I hope Brennan is able to check it out. She was a Christian mystic 900 years ago who lived in a small room for several years. Yet, from that room she listened to God’s voice. Thousands of folks came to her small anchorage, and she gave out words that she heard from God to folks…and, in so many ways, she started a revival, even in a time of such great upheaval and uncertainty…much like today.
I’ve been thinking about Julian of Norwich recently, and then yesterday, I read this. I thought it was appropriate for where I find myself these days in my thinking about being connected to the Divine and to all things and people around me.
“The all-powerful truth of the Trinity is the Father, who created us and keeps us within him. The deep wisdom of the Trinity is our Mother, in whom we all are enfolded. The exalted goodness of the Trinity is our beloved Lord: we are held in him and he is held in us. We are enclosed in the Father, we are enclosed in the Son, and we are enclosed in the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are enclosed in us. All Power. All Goodness. All Wisdom. One God. One Love.”
And my favorite quote from Julian of Norwich which I read in her anchor in 2014, in the midst of a hard season where I was leaving a difficult situation:
“And all shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be exceeding well.”
Friends, may we find ways to still our hearts and minds, to listen to God’s voice, to know God’s voice…and to follow that Voice where it may lead us. I believe that voice is speaking to us through others, through folks that we are with, really through things and people all around us…let’s listen, and then move towards what God is doing and being…even as we do and become.