We arrived back from a few days away to find that, as usual, some post had built up behind the door. One of the envelopes was quite fat, and it contained a contract for a new book with BRF! Good news! It’s a book on the I Am sayings of Jesus, with an emphasis on how we can respond, and embed these deep truths in our lives.
This book idea began when I was writing a series of meditations for BRF’s Quiet Spaces and found there were too many ideas, too much to say, to compress into that concentrated format. I am so grateful they were open to the idea of reading more. I have till next May to write it, so it will be a while before it is available, but I shall keep you posted on this blog, and hopefully post a few snippets for you to try for yourselves.
I would also like to say thank you to the dear friends who have encouraged me, and especially the St John’s Church Advent Retreat, who patiently listened and tried out various ideas I had been developing, and helped no end with their thoughtful and generous response.
That was not the only post, though. There was also a parcel containing this:
Recently published, it’s the first time I have held Prayers and Verses in my hands, and it is a beautiful piece of work from Lion. It’s always a strange thing, to see your words printed on a white page, to see the way what you hoped for – something where the different verses and prayers seem to interact with each other and enrich each other – might be happening on the page. Below you will see it with its companion volume, The Bible Story Retold.
And here is a spread from the book – I hope you will excuse the slightly variable focus!
In the UK we are facing a time of huge uncertainty, and I thought I would share with you these few prayers and verses. They are reflecting on the time of Exile in the Jewish story, which seems to be a relevant theme for many, whatever their nationality.
Thank you for taking the time to read this little bit of good news. May there be more good to come for you, too.