Shaped by the wind (Photo: Irene Bom) I wonder: What is the relationship between hope and waiting? Maybe Psalm 130 can give us some clues. Psalm 130 features on a CD called Send us a Friend that I made with Friends and Neighbours in 2013. The song is called “My soul waits for the … Continue reading "Wild hope #2"
On the coast near Belfast, Northern Ireland (Photo: Irene Bom) On 25 February (Lent 2) I preached in my home church in Rotterdam. One of the strands of my sermon was about being in “God’s waiting room”, like Abraham and Sarah were. As part of my sermon I shared this helpful comment from an … Continue reading "Wild hope #1"
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles (Photo: Irene Bom) Here’s a prayer inspired by Genesis 32:24-28, where Jacob wrestles with God. O Wrestler contending with us until daybreak, holding us in the grip of your argument, grappling with our questions and doubts, You who strive to deepen us through struggle, and … Continue reading "Fierce love #2"
Last year’s clutch of Egyptian goslings behind Rotterdam Central Station On the eve of Ash Wednesday and a new season of Lent, here is a “wild” poem by Joel McKerrow that I found on the Northumbria Community website. As the tamed horse still hears the call of her wild brothers and as the … Continue reading "Call of the wild ones"
Sebastião Salgado exhibit, Rotterdam 2017 (Photo: Irene Bom) This post combines a contemporary take on Psalm 148, written for a “blessing of the animals” service, and the work of Sebastião Salgado, the world-renowned Brazilian photographer, whose exhibition I visited last summer. Circle of Praise (inspired by Psalm 148) All dogs and cats, large and … Continue reading "Wild animal praise"
With Lent almost upon us, the theme for February is “wild”, as a precursor to a Lent-inspired theme for March: “wilderness”. Here is a prayer by Bruce Prewer that touches on various dimensions of God’s love, including its fierceness, standing up for victims of wrong. A prayer God of all things seen and unseen, … Continue reading "Fierce love #1"