Silence – and the truth it holds – is kind, for here we encounter the kindness of God: a loving gaze, a hand that takes ours when we are afraid, a truthful mirror reflecting back to us who we really are.
There comes a time to wake from sleep and consciously think about where we are going. If I carry on this way will I come to a place I really want to get to, or am I simply going with the draw of the familiar?
Words are curious things. Take nowhere for example. Nowhere is an expression of absence, emptiness or loss.
Yet look more closely at the word - break it open - and nowhere becomes now here. This moment, this place is filled with presence; now and here is an event taking place awaiting an audience.
I wonder if we have got ‘generosity’ all wrong. We tend to see it as a one way movement of giving: a gradual emptying of the bank. But in the natural world generosity is always two-way: a flow not just of giving but of receiving.
In Genesis we hear how Jacob wrestled with God. It was night, and the struggle took place at a river: a crossing point between one stage of life and another. What might emerge from our own struggles with God?
It is important not to run from your name. It is your name after all. There can be no alternative. And it is a good name. In the Creation story in Genesis, God forms living thing, then names each as a unique being and gazes at what is made and sees that it is good. Forming, looking and naming are one, undivided movement of creation.