Friday, 21 October 2016
Under the Stars
HALF awake in the middle of night, a storm clamoured outside and I had a dreamlike vision of stars stretched overhead, a wild landscape about me.
It was an odd sensation, as though observing my reclining and vulnerable body from a distance. This instilled a deep humility.
But, of course, I wasn't alone. She Who Knows was breathing steadily, inches away and we were warm and safe beneath our shared duvet - at home.
There would be many who wouldn't be so at peace. Still, if you have faith in goodness then, I have found, you are never alone. There is always hope nearby, help to hand.
Our day-to-day problems inspire an anxiety that first separates but later unites us. Others are touched by the same fear and need that had unsettled me, waking during the storm. I was fortunate. Thankfully, after a few disturbed moments, I could turn over and sleep comfortably again - at ease once more.
On the Lancashire coast, as we approach British Winter Time, the nights are drawing in. Our garden here in Great Marton has been pruned back; summer's furniture removed to shelter from the elements. Our curtains are drawn tightly before early evening while, inside, the fireside glitters warmly as we relax in dimmed lights.
It's a time to restore our energies and let minds, rather than bodies, wander to fresh adventures. New dramas and stories await us, on screen or in books.
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For some it will be summer now; just as, for many, hopes of peace, love and festive joy are like a distant light in a harsh darkness. It's a changing world that we share and here celebrate, but there is always a fresh dawn to meet.
We only hope what we do brings us closer and makes others happier too.
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