A year ago today we launched our blog, we now wonder why we didn’t start a long time ago. The discipline of each blogging once a week has helped make us more reflective, more attentive to what God may be saying as we pray about what we should blog about if nothing has come to mind as we have anticipated our next post. We have valued the interaction we have had with so many people over things we have posted and are particularly grateful to those who have taken the time to post a comment on the blog or on facebook or have shared what we have posted more widely.
This picture is from one of our very favourite shelters – the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament at Buckfast Abbey in Devon. It is the size of the side of a semi-detached house – if you have not seen it then it is well worth a detour if you are driving down the A38! We regularly go in and spend some time there on our trips to Cornwall. For us it is our come and go Jesus. There are some days when Jesus seems to be saying “come”, it could be come and listen, come and rest, come and be loved, come and be, somehow Jesus meets us in the chapel in the way that we need. There are other days when Jesus says “go”, go into the world, go and love, go and minister, go and tell, go and bless, go in peace… The chapel has been a place of exploring and being inspired in our vocations. It is one of those sacred, thin places and we could list the ways in which it has worked as a marker post for us too.
Every day as we walk down the stairs there is a painting of the outside of Buckfast Abbey, the window cannot be seen as it is at the back of the abbey but it acts as one of those remembering things Sally talked about in Wednesdays blog – we can get out a postcard and look at the picture although in reality we can just close our eyes and picture ourselves there. So on this first anniversary of our blog we decided to share one of our favourite marker posts and shelters which inspired the title we chose.