We have seen quite a few castles whilst in the north east and were delighted when we saw that the town we will be staying in for two weeks has one too. Appleby in Westmorland has a large castle with grounds open to the public. So we will be visiting it at some point. Today we drove south west and through Swaledale which was beautiful despite the rain.
Having unpacked and settled into the cottage I have a short prayer time and do a drawing of a tower as I reflect that I have often thought of God as a safe refuge and tower, especially when life has been difficult.
During Lent 2002, whilst reflecting on my journey so far and realizing that I’m now more able to rest in God’s love, I wrote:
O love that wilt not let me go
O love which is my fortress and my strength
I rest my weary soul in you
I shelter in the shadow of your wings
In you alone I trust
for you are my God –
Father, Jesus, Spirit,
I give you back the life you’ve given me
that in the ocean depths of you
I might richer and fuller be,
as I take my place within the Holy Trinity
A few different scriptures and hymn words thrown together during a time of prayer.
Today I have felt thankful and blessed and am looking forward to some rest, relaxation, painting and walking.