We visited here this morning. We had hoped to attend our local church over the hill, but a combination of health issues and the clock ticking meant otherwise. The sisters at Hyning who follow the Rule of St Benedict, were very welcoming since all guests are to be greeted as if Christ himself were awaiting at the door. I for one was in great need of some peace and quiet as the events of this past year have taken its toll and my spirit has been laid low for some time.
The kids were very quiet in the chapel, we spent twenty minutes in silence, Benedict read some of the prayer book and Pip gazed at the icons dotted around an otherwise sparsely converted barn. At twelve o'clock we joined the community for the noon time office of prayers. Upon leaving we were handed a bagful of delicious tomatoes, our own crop having failed due to inadequate watering, they made tasty sandwiches for lunch!
After lunch Pip and I decorated two large church candles, which were originally intended as part of an Easter project, but a grand-baby's arrival put paid to all sorts of planned activities! We left them to dry on the outside table and spent the rest of the afternoon building jigsaws and playing board games. Dave made a yummy chilli for lunch and Benedict played with Lego.
Psalm 147 v 3 "He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds" This quote from scripture has been running around and around in my head today and at the days end, I can look back and see His healing hand in my present circumstances. His love is faithful and never ending.