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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

for a new beginning...

Friday, January 11, 2008

Every now and then you read something that could have been written specifically for you at the current stage in your life. A few days ago I came across the following blessing from John O'Donohue's Benedictus: A Book of Blessings. Given the changes in my life at the moment, it has really spoken to me and given me courage as I step out into new beginnings. John sadly died on January 3rd, so it seems fitting to post this as an illustration of one more life touched by his work...

For a New Beginning (John O'Donohue)

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness grow inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plentitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

hat tip... Paul Fromont

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 11:41 AM


Hi Malcom

Thanks for this. I saw it in my facebook feed and clicked to see what you were up to these days. I've just come back from an eight day silent retreat and this really speaks to me to where I am too.


commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 1:49 AM  

hi Martin,

I seem, somehow, to have lost your e-mail address. I am keen to chat to you about Dream being involved in Greenbelt this year. could you get in touch at m.j.volland@durham.ac.uk.

many thanks


commented by Anonymous mv, 5:09 PM  

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