Now I am getting close



This photograph was taken a few years ago.  On a day boat in Turkey.  Complete with all the stuff for a day out: loud music, a fridge full of beer, a rack of bottled spirits, a bbq with enough food to feed at least two boats, sunbed mattresses to loll-on, regular swimming stops to cool down and frolic … the usual whole “happy tourists” package. And then …







Still… ness…


The whole day changed as we turned towards that sunset.



There were a number of us – all holiday friends – all there for a good time – all happy tourists together – all different – and yet …

What is it about this massive red blob in the sky that connects each of us?  How can this place none of us have ever visited but see every day – whether by cloud-filtered light or strong direct sunlight – how does this amazing ball of fire draw us to it?



I have seen the sciencebut it isn’t enoughI have heard the poetrybut on its own it’s a mere momentary distractionI have felt its warmth on my backand now we are coming closeI have lain in its power and felt rejuvenatedand now I am getting close.

I am connected to the sun because it fires life inside me from all those unimaginable miles away. 

I am connected to its light when I get up each day.  I am connected to its absence when I sleep each night.  It is my life and I am connected.  It gives life to all around me – the friends I have, the food I eat, the foes I fear, the freedom I enjoy!

I am a child of the sun just as we all are children of the sun.  We – all of us together and individually – are connected.



“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:37-40

We – all of us together and individually – are connected.

Why must we argue over such simplicity … why must we make this a constricted divisive theology … why must the God we created in our likeness – but so much better – now be made (by us) to be so much worse … ?



A Sun of God All Life with whom we are connected as an expression of something greater than just me …. Connected not just physically but also spiritually … Connected in my emotions and hopes and fears and tears and dreams …

Connected in Love without Condition.

Because whenever I think I am “not connected” to whatever “constriction” I find “binding” …



I think of this moment – look at this moment …

And now I am getting close.


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