Llan was great. I'd not been there in stormy weather before, and in its position on the side of the hill the house felt very much like a ship breasting the waves, as the wind howled around us.
The chapel, which has 3 outside walls, was specially wonderful in this respect - and as I was dealing with some pretty stormy issues, that felt right and good.
Another change in dynamic was provided by the company of special friend from vicar-school. We had silent days, but a chance to explore together in the evenings, and to simply enjoy each other's company in a beautiful place.
My other companion was Judy Hirst's "Struggling to be Holy" Do read it, specially if you've had more than you can take of Purpose Driven Lives/Churches/Cars...It's utterly real and truly excellent.
Try these quotes to whet your appetite
- "Our desire for God is simply the other half of God's desire for us, ,the mirror image of the image in which we are made"
- "Desire always calls us on to what is beyond ourselves, and draws us to a life time of becoming"
- "To embrace the gospel means to enter into a community. Christianity is not a magic formula, it is a relationship. It is not about our ability to grasp the concepts - it is about intimacy. It is not about our ability to live good lives - it is about learning to live lives in connection with the God who loves us, and with his creation."
- "Failure is God's chance to open us and to stretch us beyond our tiny hopes and expectations - but often we get so bogged down in them that we cannot see a way forward"
"We have begun to become some great thing"
As I say,- just read it. I'm sure you'll find it worthwhile.