“When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.'” (Luke 21:5-6, NRSV)

‘I’m so pleased you came’ she said, the surprise lighting up her eyes. For a few minutes, the loneliness is dispelled in a place that is not her home. The warmth of a smile and friendly question, ‘Would you like a cup of tea?’ breaks down the cold walls of isolation. This is a hard time and place to be, to acknowledge her need, to want to be heard.
Wrapped in our hurts, surprise us God, with the joy of recognition, the delight of time shared, the freedom of new possibilities.


(Canal boat decorations, encountered along the way from Thrupp to Kidlington. Photo taken June 2012)