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Midday Manna: Blackberries

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Blackberries

Dear Corinne,

In the absence of a photo of Manna gently falling on the Sinai Desert, I felt Big Ben was a suitable iconic alternative! The people and the traffic give a sense of busyness, and of course the rain adds to the Britishness…..so I am delighted to hear that you loved the photo (courtesy of @sandstromfilm).

This week we will continue with the theme of Autumn with a closer look at the blackberries. You may recall that Keats begins his poem, ‘To Autumn’ with the following line: “A season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. The trees in the orchards, that I have visited this year, have been weighed down with abundant fruit and the hedgerows have had plenty of blackberries!

So, find yourself a place to sit quietly and take a moment or two to let go of your morning. Breathe in deeply and let it out slowly. Do this a few times and relax into stillness.

Look carefully at the photo of the blackberries below ………………………….
Notice as many details as you can………………………………………
The size, shape, colour, stage of growth of the blackberries……………

As you look, ask God what he is wanting to highlight to you through this picture……………………………………………….
take your time…………………………………….

Now I would like to invite you to either:
In your imagination, to place yourself in the picture, as a blackberry or a leaf…………………………………..
What are you aware of? How do you feel in this position?……………..
What is God saying to you?………………………………………………….

Or: To recall a time when you went blackberrying. Did you go alone or with others? Try to remember as many details of the event as possible. Then ask the Lord to show you where he was in that event……………………………
What is he saying to you now about it…………………………………………

Read the verses below, and then take a moment or two to praise and thank God, for the way he has met you in this time of reflection and stillness.

“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart,”
Galatians 5:22-23 (The Message)

I hope your week is going well!

with love

Written by Dorinda Miller; © D Miller 2017. For full credits please see the site credits page
This letter is from the series: 'Midday Manna'

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