Friday photo – soaring in the sky

paraglidingThis picture lifts my spirits, I took it the othe week when we were walking at Malvern.  I have worked very hard for many months on a range of things and somehow so many came together this week and professionally I felt as if I was soaring in the sky rather than being at the bottom of the hill daunted about the task.  I finally sent off a final draft of my thesis to some readers to see what else needs doing before I submit it – very liberating to feel like the end (hopefully) is in sight – nearly five years of work so far!  I also filled in my third year curacy review, time goes so fast but it was exciting to see how I had grown since that first sunday post ordination!  Today I sent off a journal article on metaphors for working with young people with cancer for peer review and hopefully publication at some point in the future.  It was one of those occasions when the work I do at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and CYM came together and some of the thinking and reading I had done in the past helped with exploring our research.  I am under no illusions that each week can be like this but it has been lovely to feel that sense of freedom and achievement.


At the end of a busy week

Having only spent around 3 waking hours at home since I went to bed on Sunday evening, reading this during my time with God this morning is a helpful reminder of what I aspire to:

As swimmers dare
to life face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all surrounding grace.

Denise Levertov (English born American poem)

Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon Life Prayers San Francisco: HarperSanFranciso 1996