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February 18, 2016

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Kris Campbell

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for introducing me to RS Thomas and for making available your Lenten reflections. One of my prayers this morning was that my heart might be open to hear from God - and as I read through all your posts for Lent (it's been awhile since I've been in the blog-sphere!) my heart, soul and mind were wonderfully enriched, stimulated and nourished.There was a re-centering on the Cross and encouragement that, while involved in a church where there is great emphasis on hearing words from God - and subsequently, despite intentional listening and waiting, often feeling inadequate - the silence and absence of God are equally valid!

Jim Gordon

Hello Kris. Thank you so much for your appreciative and encouraging comment. What you describe is the main reason I maintain this blog, to encourage thought, discussion and exploration of the life of faith. I fully understand the tensions of being in a community where a particular kind of spirituality and immediacy of access to God is felt to be the norm. And there is the word that causes the difficulty - norm, as if God could be fitted into our patterns of thinking and experience. Thomas helps us to begin to accept that there are times of silence, absence, darkness and unresponsiveness which are not necessarily barren; but they are bewildering. Shalom, Jim

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