Sunday, 31 May 2009
The above collage is of places where I have felt a special "connection". Somehow, they are where I felt at home, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
I think we all have places like that. Sometimes we just have the one, others have more, like me. Sadly, I cannot return to most of those places. Some are abroad, in Menorca, or on Lake Garda in Italy, and some mean more walking than I can now manage.
The centre one is a misty morning on Lake Garda. It was quite magical. You felt the angels had only just gone away. The church is Hexham Abbey church, saved from Henry VIII's devastation because it was the Parish Church of the town. Inside it is just so old, you can almost hear the monks coming downstairs for the first of the morning services (at 2.0 am!!) In the crypt is one of the oldest Christian churches in England - built, I think, in about 600 AD. Much of it is built from "recycled" stone from the Roman town nearby, left when the Romans left England in the 5th century. Many of the farmhouses around there are also built of Roman stone. After all, why leave good building stone lying around! Hexham is very close to Hadrian's Wall in the north of England.
All the places were special to me. At times I had been very troubled and the peace and quietness restored my soul. God was definitely there.
I need to find more special places.