Last Saturday I had the enormous privilege of leading a Quiet Day for St Mary’s Church of Woodbridge, based on I am the vine. I’m afraid I wasn’t taking photos, just giving my attention to what was going on around me.
The gardens are so beautiful, as ever, and it was particularly good to see several vines growing and entwined, with small grapes forming. They were forming a tunnel, you could walk through the vine, almost grafted in.
It was so good to sit by the water, and watch the fish and the dragonflies.
Here is a picture from an earlier visit, in spring.
One of the things we talked about was how Jesus’ I am saying – I am the vine – gives us a way of seeing ourselves as deeply connected. We talked of many things – how we can deepen that connection to God, and each other. We talked about everything holding together, ourselves and everything else, in Christ. We read about that in Colossians.
We used poetry to help us towards prayer, and contemplation, including Malcolm Guite’s sonnet, set to music here by St Brides.
I can’t help thinking today, about our connection to this good green earth. It is precious and beautiful, and we are only just beginning to learn how it does hold together, interconnected, and mutually dependent, as we are watching with horror as the Amazon burns, and Siberia too. We know how ancient woodland in our own land has been cut down, or is under threat.
May we find our way home to tending for this beautiful world.
May we take inspiration from the song of the vine.
You can read some more about the vine, from my book on the I am sayings, here.
God, source of all light and life,
help us to see your hand at work
in the beauty of creation.
Help us to know that, in you,
the whole earth is holy ground.
From my collection of prayers, Prayers and Verses
You might like to read A parable for Earth day.