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Unexpected Blessings

Maybe blessings have to be unexpected in order to be such, but I am sure you know what I mean.

Listening to my own recorded service this morning, and knowing that at least some others would also be doing so, was very moving and beautiful.  The fact that we could be 'together though apart' by the wonder of digital technology was surprisingly moving.

I enjoyed listening to the recordings of the three songs, each of which took me in my mind to other times and places, to other people and churches/colleges/conferences where they had been part of worship.  A reminder of the mysterious interconnections that transcend time and space, which are so precious.

What I think surprised me most, was the sense of connectedness as I shared in the communion - lifting my mug and taking a slug of cold tea probably sounds a strange thing to do, but it was unexpectedly wonderful.  My 'low' theology of communion makes tea a perfectly reasonable thing to use - even cold tea, from a mug with a slogan about cats on it!  My strong theology of mystery means I am open to being surprised by such moments. The thought that other mugs, cups or glasses, filled with tea, coffee, juice, water etc. might be being lifted and supped was a powerful one - more so than I imagined when I recorded it yesterday.

My after service refreshments - another cup of tea (hot this time!) and a buttered crumpet - consumed as I watched, from my window, the snow falling again assured me that the correct call had been made not to meet today.

God's blessings are always amazing, surprising and, yes, unexpected. For that, I am truly grateful.

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