So, I got married recently...and it was wonderful, particularly as I got to marry a wonderful, super smart, big hearted, beautiful woman.
The ceremony was in church, which was not our original plan (Elvis in Vegas, or a Marriage Commissioner on the beach) - but Sabina graciously allowed us to mark this auspicious occasion in a place special to me, amongst a community I love and who have been overwhelmingly supportive of me, in a way that was deeply meaningful to me. This was indeed gracious as my now-wife is from a Sikh culture and has less-than-positive experience of the institutional church having spent time as a child in a Catholic and (not always tolerant) Anglican School setting.
I worked with my Bishop in forming a service based on the interfaith liturgy of the Anglican Church of Canada, we were blessed with a speaker who is one of North America's foremost Comparative Religion scholars and who wove together Sikh and Christian tradition in a profound and thoughtful sermon,…
having said i wasn't going to buy into any of the 'wordless wednesday'/freaky friday/manic monday etc etc schemes, i have decided that I should nonetheless consider today 'make a comment monday' - so i challenge you all to think of something to say about this post - which says nothing apart from 'please make a comment' or any of the recent posts here, or even an old one if you feel like ambling around my musings for a bit. I recommend the 'things i learned...' and 'it was inevitable...' posts at the start of January, i really enjoyed doing those. Or don't if you feel like lurking, it's all good.
i'm just adding another post to see if i can break my own record of 43 in one month ;-)
Another sermon - as seems to be the way of this blog at present! Life is busy and complicated, and good, and bad, and exciting, and challenging, and (in short) not conducive to getting Blog posts written!
In the words of St Paul, or perhaps St John, or maybe St George, or even St Ringo
“When I was younger, so much younger than today.”
Ah, sorry, couldn’t resist! No, it’s not a tubby boy story – but just a general reflection that today’s story from the book of Exodus used to cause me great consternation. Or at least was one of those parts of Scripture that didn’t seem to fit…
I knew the story, the mythological story I am now convinced, of the temptations in the wilderness when Jesus proclaims, quoting Deuteronomy 6 ‘you shall not put the Lord your God to the test’. As I moved into the Anglican Church and got to know the words of the Venite,…