For various reasons 2015 has almost certainly been one of the most confusing, unhappiest and darkest years of my life. For a lot of it I’ve felt rather like Joseph in the song from the musical “close every door to me, keep those I love from me, darken my daytime and torture my night”.When it has seemed as though everybody else was permitted into a world I wanted to be part of, it has felt as though my windows were barred and the light shut out. So those tiny little spots of sunshine and hope have revealed themselves in deep contrast to this prolonged cloud of doom and despair, searing my heart like lightening on a thunderous sky. Today’s chance of light was a kestrel alighting quite close to where I stood. It’s colours and glance were so vivid that I felt so moved and privileged to be visited at such close quarters by a wild creature. It swooped and twirled right in front of me and in lifting my heart reminded me of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Sonnet.
|To Christ our Lord|
Also from Joseph, Any Dream Will Do.