Icons, prayer and being a visual learner

The new oratory (prayer room) at the Fenland Hermitage near Spalding has a copy of an icon that makes me chuckle and I just can’t help but smile when I look at it. With the child-like big eyed friendly depiction, the simply drawn painting draws me in. The icon is known as the ‘Icon of…

Space for blue sky thinking

Today I made space. In my diary I have a full day of retreat once a month which gives space to think, be still and encounter silence. Today was one of those days.  Today was a blue sky thinking day. Space. And some more space.   If you’re able to do the same I can’t recommend…

Time to be

Today I spent the day just being. No agenda, just a day to rest, ‘be’ and in that process I held a hope that I would meet with God afresh. To help me in this I booked into the Fenland hermitage near Spalding, a place that I would describe as an emerging and growing ‘thin…

Be still and know…

… That I am God. (Psalm 46.10) I forget that… That a key to knowing that it is God who is God and in charge, and not me, is to be still. I went to check out a place of quiet and silence yesterday, the Fenland Hermitage. It’s one of those places that you go…