Anglican Parish of Swansea incl Gwandalan & Summerland Point

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God of ebb and flow


Am reading again Henri Neuwen’s ‘Seeds of Hope’.

On p. 88 there is a beautiful prayer “to the God of Ebb and Flow”,  quoting Vincent Van Gogh’s words: “It is true there is an ebb and flow, but the sea remains the sea”. You are the sea.

It concludes:
O Lord, sea of love and goodness,
let me not fear too much the storms and winds of my daily life,
and let me know that there is ebb and flow,
but that the sea remains the sea.

I  love Neuwen’s description of eternal life (pp1-2):

‘When my clear goal is eternal life, that life must be reachable right now, where I am, because eternal life is life in and with God, and God is where I am here and now… Jesus says, “dwell in me as I dwell in you”. It is this divine indwelling that is eternal life….It is a goal that can be reached in the present moment.’