5D27350A-AF3D-457D-836B-0112BCE7325ADear God,
Your friend Julian*
says that you desire to be seen,
to be sought,
to be expected,
to be trusted.

I am so grateful
that the gifts you give
are to the whole people of God.
That I, on my own, don’t have to muster
all the seeing, seeking, expecting and trusting.
That we can lean on one another,
be encouraged by one another,
supported by one another.

I have seen you this week,
in all the beauty,
in skies and clouds and river and lake;
in the faces of friends,
in their good and kind words,
and in all the laughter.

Thank you,
that in that seeing
you are also inviting me to seek,
to expect,
to trust

and that the river flowing
towards the sea
teaches me about seeking;

that the sky
teaches me about expecting;

that my friends
teach me about trusting.

Thank you
for these treasures,
and for teaching me,
to see
to seek
to expect and to trust.

Amen.

*Julian of Norwich, a 14th century Christian mystic, in her writings titled “Showings”. 


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and expresses that ministry as a researcher, counsellor and spiritual director. The photo is taken at Huka Falls, in Taupō.


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