(Edinburgh Castle just after midnight at New Year!)
After a bit of a break (2 months) it's time to start blogging again. It has been busy with Church stuff (we're in the middle of an interregnum) and fairly hectic with a new boss at work. We've also had a few wee health scares. Luckily, they came to nothing (I'm just middle aged, male and need to take a tablet to stop me going to the loo as often). I am looking forward to a wee break later in the month as we will head off to York. We did think of Aberdeen, but the hotel costs were rather prohibitive.
A new year can be an interesting experience. We went to a Watch night service on Auld Year's Night which was part reflection and part looking forward. That is something we can all do with from time to time. I have recently restarted my use of a Spiritual director, which involves both those things. Reflecting on what has been and looking towards how things may develop with God. Partly this was prompted by my need to review my Rule of Life having joined Rachel in the ranks of the OHP Tertiaries and partly by the nagging sense that I'd allowed myself to drift in terms of my organised spiritual life. I've been slotting things in here and there and need to focus a bit. I'd say my reflection has been profoundly influenced by my ongoing experience of AA. There I have learnt radical honesty and a willingness to be me and accepted as such. Ideally this should be our experience of God in prayer and in the Church. It isn't always and when it goes sour people can be deeply scarred and wounded. And even driven away from any form of religious observance. Luckily I was never totally destroyed by my negative experiences in life. My core of belief and faith remained. How I expressed it and worked it out in the rest of my life adapted and changed.
The Season of the Epiphany reflects a little of this. The Magi changed their world view through the process of their journey towards Christ. So do we if we let Christ direct and mould us and remain open to the possibility that God truly will enter into our lives and make a difference.