Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Early in October a group of Mothers’ Union members from the Diocese went to Launde Abbey, Leicestershire for spiritual refreshment and rest. Over the three days, Rev. Christine Ostler and Rev. Anne Davis led us to reflect on where God is in the daily rhythm of our lives, how to rest in his arms when the going gets tough, and how to allow God to meet our spiritual and physical needs. The following poem came out of the silence and stillness of Launde.

The Abbey, surrounded by green hills,

Where sheep walk the well worn tracks,

Steeped in prayer, the air tranquil,

In those walls, there’s nothing we lack.

 

Retreating from the daily round

Of Martha’s work and what we ought,

Burnt out on religion, we found

The peace and rest we all sought.

 

Clothed in Mary’s quiet devotion

We pondered the work and felt the beat.

His Spirit gave us inspiration

And allowed Jesus to wash our feet.

 

by Valerie Anslow

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