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Written Reflections

Beside the Sea

Summer and seaside are, in my mind, as closely connected as fish and chips and bucket and spade! Growing up in the south of England, the journey to the seaside only took an hour and we would frequently go for day trips in the summer. So, given that we are now in the season of summer, our theme for the next fortnight will be BESIDE THE SEA. We will look at this by taking a theme for each letter of the phrase: B for beach, E for encourage, S for sea, I for insight, D for drown, E for enjoyment, T for tired, H for harbour, E for exit, S for sky, E for everywhere, and A for always.

Beside the Sea - I for Insight

I for Insight

Taking time out from our regular routine, whether it be a week-end, a week or longer, gives us the opportunity not only for rest and refreshment, but also for recall and reflection. A change of scene can bring us new insights, new experiences, new friendships and it can allow us to consider new possibilities. These in turn can provide us with inspiration and motivation to return home with renewed energy and enthusiasm for our roles and responsibilities.

Read the verses below from Psalm 119 slowly three times and choose a word, or phrase, or sentence that strikes you or speaks to you and then ponder on it for a few minutes. Turn it over and over in your mind and see what insights God shows you through it.

Alternatively you may prefer to make this a more active meditation by taking a piece of paper, drawing round a dinner sized plate and cutting out the circle. You can then write out your chosen word/phrase/sentence, starting at the outer edge of the circle and writing it in decreasing circles until you reach the centre.

‘God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me— my whole life one long, obedient response. Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway! Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not for piling up loot. Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way. Affirm your promises to me— promises made to all who fear you. Deflect the harsh words of my critics— but what you say is always so good. See how hungry I am for your counsel; preserve my life through your righteous ways!’ Psalm 119:33-40 The Message.

When you have finished, be thankful for the insights you have received and record them in your journal.


Written by Dorinda Miller; © D Miller 2018. For full credits please see the site credits page

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D for Drown