Saturday, 23 January 2010

Celtic curiousity

I've just started reading "Wild Wanderings" by Karen Lowe, who was one of the speakers along with her husband Mark at this weeks 'training block'. They spoke to us about loving the poor and social action, challenging and exciting stuff. From the sounds of it they are really practising what they preach, living a life poured out for the broken, addicted and poor people around them. See here for their church website, Antioch in Llanelli, South Wales.

Anyways her book is great, (yep am now reading about 5 books at the same time... keep getting distracted by a new one turning up!) i have only read a few pages but you know when every sentence grips you or just resonates with something deep within you and you want to go crazy with a highlighter and nod your head while reading and want to shout 'yes yes yes!'. :-) Since i have only read a few pages i can't tell you what it's all about, but one of the things it is inspired by is Celtic Christianity. Quite a few people and groups of people I know have been strongly influenced by Celtic Christianity, such as 24-7 Prayer. I know that my Grandfather often went to the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland and when I went to Wales last term there was something about it that felt so different. Anyways to cut to the chase i think it's time to learn more about it for myself! I was given a book of Celtic and Celtic style prayers a year or two ago but must admit it's been left on the shelf all the time, but now i'm quite excited about using it. The following prayer sums up what I'd already been hoping/aiming for for 2010, and actually for the rest of my life....

Forgetting what is past, we look to the things unseen;
we journey in your light.
We leave behind our ties;
we journey with single hearts.
The sun shall not strike us by day, nor the moon by night;
we journey in your shielding.
We look not to right or left, but straight towards your way;
we journey in your truth.
The rough places shall be smoothed and the pitfalls shall be cleared;
we journey in your power.
The proud shall be brought low and the humble shall be raised up;
we journey in your justice.
The hungry shall be fed and the poor shall have good news;
we journey in your love.
No final home have we on this life's passing seas;
we journey towards our eternal home.
From 'Celtic Prayers for Life Today' (Ray Simpson)

1 comment:

Ophelia_was said...

Thanks for posting this. Definitely want to learn more too! More of journeying further into His light.