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Bits & Bobs for the Weekend

I've always loved the sound of that saying 'bits and bobs'. It's the same reason I always savoured opening my stocking at Christmas even more than the 'real' presents; there is a keen and peculiar delight in tiny wonders, in penny-sized treasures you can hold in your hand. In the spirit of these 'small graces' as Bob Bennet says, may you savour a few of my own tiny and delightful findings this week: :: R.S. Thomas' poem, The Bright Field. I led my small group in a psalm and poetry exercise this week and one of the poems we read was this luminescent piece:

I have seen the sun break through to illuminate a small field for a while, and gone my way and forgotten it. But that was the pearl of great price, the one field that had treasure in it. I realize now that I must give all that I have to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after an imagined past. It is the turning aside like Moses to the miracle of the lit bush, to a brightness that seemed as transitory as your youth once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

:: Adam Lay Ybounden, a traditional choral piece we are getting in top notch form in the youth choir at my church (with which I sing). I love the many new (though oh so old) songs I am learning. This one's gorgeous. Go HERE for a King's College performance of it.

:: This painting by Samuel Palmer 'The Magic Apple Tree'it just captures the startling glory of autumn:

















May your weekend be radiant, my friends.

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