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Blog: Letters to Corinne

When I was pondering on what format a blog for Into Deeper Waters should take, a friend suggested I wrote it as a series of letters to a friend, who was exploring meditation, silence, and soulcare. It would be an opportunity to share something of my own journey and to encourage others who are seeking to stop and be still and to connect more deeply with God. If you have benefited from any of our free content and would like to donate to this work visit the donate page.

Midday Manna: Midday Manna – The Amaryllis

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Midday Manna – The Amaryllis

Dear Corinne,

Delighted to have your feedback on The Journey Through Lent – The Way of Watching.  Interesting that you should ask about the Amaryllis, as I have just written a short visual reflection on it, for you! Lovely to hear about the amaryllis you have been growing too.

Reflection

Begin with a couple of minutes of stillness and silence, to let go of the things on your mind, and the events of the morning. Become aware of God’s presence with you.

Turn your attention to the photos of the amaryllis.

Observe as many details as you can. It’s colour, shape, size.  It’s stem, petals and the supporting sticks. The ribbon tying the stem to the sticks.  It’s container.

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

It is Spring and outside in gardens and parks, trees are blossoming and flowers are beginning to bloom.  As you reflect on your life as it is now, as we move cautiously out of Lockdown, what signs of new life do you detect in yourself?

The sticks were added to the container to support the growing stem of the amaryllis and its large flowers as they came into bloom.  

  • What supports do you have in your life…..family, friends, colleagues, counsellor, mentor?  
  • You will notice in the first photo that there is a little stick that the amaryllis out grew!  
  • Have you ‘outgrown’ any of the supports in your life?  Is it time to let go?
  • Is there anything that you are ‘tied’ to, that you need to let go of? A habit, or attitude, or relationship, or situation?
  • In the stillness talk to God about this and listen for his wisdom and guidance.

Now count the number of petals. Does anything strike you about the number?  Think of the people in your life at present and assign each one to a petal and pray for them.

To close this time of reflection read these verses from Isaiah:

But the Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past

or dwell on what happened long ago.

Watch for the new thing I am going to do.

It is happening already—you can see it now!

I will make a road through the wilderness

and give you streams of water there.

Let me know how you get on with this reflection. Hope your amaryllis continues to bring you joy!

with love,

Written by Dorinda Miller; © D Miller 2021. For full credits please see the site credits page
This letter is from the series: 'Midday Manna'

Previous Letter:

Thriving

Previous Letters to Corinne

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Midday Manna – The Amaryllis

From the series: 'Midday Manna'

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Thriving

From the series: 'Lockdown Life'

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Monday, February 8th, 2021

Surviving

From the series: 'Lockdown Life'

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Adjusting

From the series: 'Lockdown Life'

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