Encouragement for the Journey – 16/10/11

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Encouragement for the Journey – 16/10/11

Greetings fellow traveller,

After a two week break, I once more return to writing my Encouragement for the Journey. In a strange sort of way, I have missed the weekly discipline of writing this column. For what I write, first has to encourage me, before I offer it for your encouragement, for we are all in the same boat, sharing a common humanity.

What then has encouraged me?

Certainly the passion and skill of the Rugby World Cup continues to hold my attention, along with the enthusiasm of the supporters, a reminder that Rugby is only a game. Then I heard at the weekend that my niece in England had a baby girl, a real joy and cause for celebration, thanks be to God for another new life upon our wonder – filled Earth. While on holiday, I gave myself permission to read stuff I don’t normally read, so off to the bookshelf where we stayed and I chose J. K. Rowling’s – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and John Le Carre’s – Smiley’s People. Two very different genres, they gave much pleasure and joy to the reader. I do indeed take great delight in reading a good book, reading is such a gift, and we dare not take it for granted.

But wait there is more, I also watched again the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, (approximately 11 hours) not at one sitting. One of the last scenes has Frodo Baggins, sitting at his desk in the Shire; he has just completed writing about his adventures. Closing the book, aware of how he feels in body and spirit, says ‘some things time does not heal, some things we never fully get over or come to terms with.’ When I heard that, I knew at last I had the theme for a book that has been bubbling around inside of me for over ten years. It now has a working title of ‘Living with the Unresolved of the Heart.’ It is true that something’s don’t heal, yet, we gradually learn to live with our absences in a different way. Along the way, faith, hope and love become increasingly precious, but the greatest of these is always love. May love sustain and encourage you on your journey, as it does on mine.

Meanwhile Peace

Alf