Reading between the lines …
Today’s reflection is written by Gwynn Griffith from Tal-y-Bont and member of the Llanbedr-y-Cennin congregation. We know that it will chime with many of us who have had more time to read over the last few weeks.
I ble yr af oddi wrth dy ysbryd? I ble y ffoaf o’th bresenoldeb?
Os dringaf i’r nefoedd, yr wyt yno;
os cyweiriaf wely yn y bedd, yr wyt yno hefyd.
Os cymeraf adenydd y wawr a thrigo ym mhellafoedd y môr,
yno hefyd fe fydd dy law yn fy arwain, a’th ddeheulaw yn fy nghynnal.
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in the grave, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
Gwynn Griffith writes:
I have found each and every day’s reflection and accompanying pieces truly amazing and a focus and reaffirmation for my faith. The last 8 weeks have provided me with time to catch up on a lot of things. We all have a list of those tasks which we kept putting off …. well, no longer. The excuses have run out. But of far more value is the time I now have to read. I don’t mean just scan the words and get on to the next book as quickly as possible. I mean read, pause, think, digest.
One of my favourite writers is Jan Morris. Coincidentally she lives only a short drive away from the Conwy valley in Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth. Now in her tenth decade, her travels have taken her to some of the most remote parts of the world. As James Morris she reported back exclusively to The Times in London from base camp in the Himalayas in 1953 when Hillary and Tensing returned after conquering Everest. Her diverse life experiences are undoubtedly reflected in her multi-faceted work.
Jan is a confirmed agnostic. She expressed that very clearly in her ‘Thought Diaries’, published in 2017 and 2020. However, the troubled times we now live in have prompted even Jan to reconsider. She admits that ‘as a lifelong incredulist’ she offers a message to ‘whatever almighty power there may be out there.’ “Good night God” I say, as I turn off my bedside light.’
Recently I was talking to, shall we say a sceptic rather than a full-blown agnostic, who to my surprise said, “I think this virus is God’s retribution for the way we have treated this planet and each other.” I couldn’t agree that God would want to bring this harm, far less close His churches. However it did strike me how He does find a way to reach every one of us, in every remote part of the world. Even Llanystumdwy.
Arwain fi ar y ffordd iawn a dysga fi,
achos ti ydy’r Duw sy’n fy achub i.
Dw i’n dibynu arnat ti bob amser. Amen.
Salm 25: 5
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Saviour,
and my hope is in you all day long. Amen.
Psalm 25: 5
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