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This is it – my last post on the blog.

On this day a year ago I was told I had breast cancer. Today I begin a new year – my journey beyond breast cancer.

Thank you for walking this path with me. I will miss our cyber-friendship. Please keep in touch.

My blog stays open. You can leave comments and contact me through it.

To those who join the breast cancer path after me and find this blog, I offer my warmest good wishes.

I close with the words and music that have filled my head and my home for the past week – the focus of my hope and my future . . .

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King of Kings, Majesty

God of Heaven, living in me

Gentle Saviour, closest friend

Strong deliverer, beginning and end

All within me falls at your throne

Your Majesty I can but bow, I lay my all before you now

In royal robes I don’t deserve, I live to serve your majesty.


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. . FAITH is dancing to it NOW

While one part of me gives its full attention to how serious a matter it is to have breast cancer, another part of me can dance and rejoice.

“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!

So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives…a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”

You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.”

1 Peter 1: 3-21 (The Message)

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'Angel Playing a Flageolet' by Edward Burne-Jones. National Museum, Liverpool

What if angels really do exist?

The bible mentions angels more than 250 times and in 34 of the 66 books. Some appear as individuals and some in groups; in human form or as heavenly beings. They proclaim good news, protect against harm, and they appear as a heavenly host praising God.

And what if angels really do exist today?

Author Hope Price gathered the stories of ‘many hundreds of obviously sane down to earth people, who described their experiences with a mixture of awe and reticence. In almost all cases, the conviction that they have encountered angels is absolute.’ The angels appear as individuals or in groups; in human form or as heavenly beings. They proclaim good news, protect from harm, and appear as a heavenly host praising God.

So, what if this is a pattern? What if angels are beings that reach out from heaven to earth.  They were active in biblical times and are active today. We recognise what they are. We can see them, touch them and hear them.

Going back to the metaphor from psalm 1, I explore the space around me and am curious to hear and see what might be there. Can I imagine what the angels, archangels and all the community of heaven might sound like?

As I reflect, I receive a gift  from a friend – the music I need. He does not know I am looking for it.

Lux Aurumque – Light and Gold. 4 minutes and 9 seconds.

But we are busy and our focus is on the here and now.  The average visit to a blog lasts 96 seconds. 4 minutes and 9 seconds is too long.

And it is the same with prayer.  We struggle against wandering thoughts and a short attention span.

What would happen if we could open our awareness to spiritual things?

Words cannot describe a spiritual experience. We have to do it.  In Lux Aurumque we can see and hear and feel richness, height, depth, challenge, surprise, joy and pain.

You can listen as a curious observer, or you can close your eyes and commit 4 minutes and 9 seconds as a curious participant. What if there are angels and archangels and a community of heaven saying

Amen!

Praise and glory

and wisdom and thanks and honour

and power and strength

be to our God for ever and ever.

When you have time you can listen to Lux Aurumque by clicking here.

And you might find that you wish it lasted longer . . .

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We get it by doing it . . .

How can we recognize and enjoy God’s presence in everyday life?

I joined a group of 50 ordinary people to learn from our Anglican Bishop how we might do this extraordinary thing. And I find once again that I am looking into something much bigger than me.

Yearning for God is the essence of prayer – it is instinctive in all of us. We want to know and understand the meaning of life and death. And to know this we need to know the Creator.

The Bishop is inspiring. He is a family man with three sons and feet firmly planted in the realities of every day life. He starts with the Lord’s Prayer.  Perhaps the most significant thing we can do is to pray this prayer daily and mean it.

And we have the legacy of the many saints and scholars through the ages who wrote wonderful prayers. The Bishop encourages us to take hold of these resources and use them until they are deeply rooted within us, available whenever we need them. I remember my first encounter with set prayers and know from experience the value of memorising them.

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

And we look at the bigger picture. The global voice of prayer is never silent. My prayers link with the prayers of others and join with the voices of the angels, the archangels and all the hosts of Heaven. Prayer is a powerful community event.

God’s heart towards us is loving – we are made in his image for relationship with him. And yet opening our heart to God is difficult.

The final words of the morning are short and clear as we seek relationship with God – We get it by doing it.

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