Five Minutes Peace

Grab a cuppa. Settle down in a comfy chair. Let yourself have 5 Minutes' Peace...
... To yourself away from the chaos of life. To relax. To reflect. To meet with God.

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Read: Luke 2:13-15

Consider this:

If you’ve been too busy to start already, then it’s time to slow down, relax, take a breath and consider just how special a time this is!

We are preparing for one of the most important times of the year, a time when everyone, whether they attend church regularly to fuel their strong faith, or haven’t the slightest clue what religion is all about, share in celebration. In fact, you could say that Christmas is the only time left in the UK when the whole of society, regardless of creed, stops to enjoy peace, hope, love and all that is good about the human race. Other times of celebration are enjoyed, of course but nothing quite like the 25th of December.

Read more: Approaching Christmas

‘[Jesus] said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”.’ John 8:12

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Consider this:

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. It seems we are being enveloped in darkness.

Like the world around us, life in general can seem to do the same at times. With all the pressures and demands placed upon us, we can easily feel that things are so bad, so mixed-up, so overwhelming that we can’t see even a hint of brightness ahead.

As well as darkness, however, the world also has many different types of light, and just as many ways to use them! The type of light most common for people in biblical times would have come from candles. Candle light is not that bright. It doesn’t make everything clear, only the immediate area surrounding it. It’s also very delicate and must be carefully nurtured, otherwise it will quickly extinguish.

Read more: Light and Dark

Labyrinths provide an opportunity for people to travel on a reflective journey without actually having to go anywhere!

At first glance, they look a bit like mazes. However, once you enter a labyrinth, you follow a pre-destined path which will take you through the entire labyrinth, into the middle and back out again.

In Christian tradition, this has long allowed those who can’t take a pilgrimage to holy sites, such as those in the city of Jerusalem, to take a less physically strenuous, yet emotionally and spiritually challenging journey, during which they can think, pray and reflect on their life, their mistakes, their flaws, their blessings and their strengths, figuring out the part which God plays in them all.

Most labyrinths are designed to be walked around. This one, however, is designed to be travelled with your finger!

Read more: Finger Labyrinth

 HiddenPlaceReflection

Click here for our latest reflection, thinking about the simplicity and vulnerability, yet powerful and strengthening nature of praying in the quiet, private ways that Jesus taught us...