Saturday 3rd October - Icon of the Day
How surely gravity’s law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of the smallest thing and pulls it toward the heart of the world.
Each thing— each stone, blossom, child — is held in place. Only we, in our arrogance, push out beyond what we each belong to for some empty freedom.
If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves in knots of our own making and struggle, lonely and confused.
So like children, we begin again to learn from the things, because they are in God’s heart; they have never left him.
This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Image: ‘In flight’ – photo by Thomas Leth-Olsen, 2013, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence
In St Mary’s prayer cycle for this month, today we pray for our local business community and any that are struggling.
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In these unprecedented times, St Mary’s is reaching out and supporting our community in many ways, especially online. But with Services in church cancelled, we no longer receive income from collections, nor from hiring out the church and hall buildings.
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