DBC Family: Encourage each other

Holy Ground


10th April Good Friday photo oWe invite you to share where you feel you stand on Holy Ground.
We would like to publish them on this page and as testimony to one another.


Please send us photographs with a paragraph about where it is
and why it helps you feel close to God in that place. 

Or a short video clip of no more than 30 seconds, an explain how you find God there.

Please send to Katy.

We look forward to seeing and sharing in this.

 

IMG 4684My special place was on a Thursday Church about 9 years ago'
I was very slowly coming back to church again after 20 years away'
I was not in a happy place at this time'
But gradually I began to enjoy and look forward to Thursday's.
This particular Thursday I was listening to you' and just before our next hymn
"May The Mind Of Christ Our Saviour".
We all stood up to sing and suddenly this powerful feeling came over me from my head down to my feet' It was kind of scary but I knew what it was'  It was God giving me a second chance at following Him again and do not be afraid,  I will always be with you'. I will never ever forget that day'"   Julie B

Rons pictureA small sparsely furnished cabin or room where one goes to pray  alone in the presence of God.
The bright African sun sparkles on the gravestones, a sign on the wall  with unintended irony points to the graveyard and says "Recycling centre", But I am in the dark womb of the Poustinia. No distractions here , just a cross, a table and chair, a candle and a Bible. I am alone with God, seeking to learn how to "be" in His presence". Learning to be loved by Him. Not easy.
Even the Bible can be a distraction. I break the silence by reading a favourite passage and tentatively say "Please speak to me God", and then offer Him the Gospel reading for Sunday, and then a sermon starts to form in my mind, and then I realise I am being distracted when I am meant simply to be still. I close the Bible.  Silence. The beautiful candle flame speaks of inner light, the wax of being moulded, shaped by the heat and the slight breeze. Fire and wind! But I know this too is a distraction, though I smile and think of Creddy and how God speaks to her through candles.
Silence. Then I am thinking of Ikageng and the smell of the road and of thunder and lightning  and torrential rain , and a River of Life outside our house, populated with wet people passing by, and they say "pray for us Father", what a privilege. And kindness to us, the bishop,  the people here in this new place, and now invitations to tell what it is like living on a township to people who live behind walls but want to come out from them. What a privilege, so much kindness to us.  Later I extinguish the candle and  shut the door behind me feeling grateful to God, and see in the sunlight the edifice of the church buildings, see in my mind people wanting to serve. Gracias! Live our lives with thanksgiving, says Henri Nouwen. And I do, every day. Tomorrow I will try again to learn how just to "be" in His presence.   Ron and Creddy.
weston .I had heard that you need to become a child again to really find God so what better place than Weston-Super-mare with its fantastic beach, fairgrounds, parks, arcades and the Grand Pier. It was one of my best decisions so far and one we repeat each year - as soon as we got there we put our bags in the B and B and ran to the beach. We got there breathless, excited and stood in awe at the expanse of sand and the sun was out. We started dancing on the sand and giggling I was 3 (free again). 
Weston-Super-mare is a special Godly place to us because:
-  We feel close to God it is like the sky is thinner and the heavens are close.
-  We feel joy in ourselves and seeing joy on the faces of others
-  We feel alive with the thrill of the fairground rides especially the roller coaster
-  We feel great peace by breathing in the sea air and running on the beach
-  We feel connected as one
Charlotte.
IMG 3627My favourite place was on the top of a grassy knoll behind our house in the Lake District looking down the Wasdale valley to Scawfell and surrounding mountains which always brought to mind
Psalm 121.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
Joy.


 

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40 words photo40 Words 

40 Words of Encouragement and hope to share..
If you would like to share up to 40 words then please send it by email to Katy.

Click here for a 40 words reflective video.

 


“ This is the day the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it” Ps118v24

 

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Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity; in the habitations of thy glory and dominion, world without end. Amen.  by John Donne (1571-1631)


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O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work done.
Then, Lord in your mercy grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest,
and a peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
by John Henry Newman (1801- 1890)

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I Sometimes Think About The Cross' 

And Shut My Eyes and Try To See The Cruel Nails and Crown Of Thorns' 

And Jesus Crucified For Me.

And Yet I Want To Love Thee Lord' 

O Light The Flame Within My Heart.


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I would like to believe in something,
Something beyond the death that undid you.
I would like to describe the intensity,
With which, already overwhelmed,
We longed in those days to be able
To walk together once again,
From beneath the sun.
25th February 1944 by Primo Levi.

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At the ship's bow. It was my eye that drew,
the perfect circle of blue meeting blue,
No land was visible.  There was no sail,
no cloud to show the mighty world in scale,
so sky and ocean, by my gaze defined,
were drawn within the compass of my mind,
under a temperate sun.  The engine's sound
sank to a heartbeat.  Stillness all around.
Only the perfect circle and the mast.
That moment knew no future and no past.
Peace by Amy Whitting.

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May God enfold you in His love,

May He surround you with His presence,

May He protect you from harm,

May He guide you by the spirit

And may He always keep you in His care, 
and the blessing of God.


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Eternal God, our Rock and Refuge,
Protect us when the storms and stresses of life,

Threaten to overcome us.

Underpin our wavering faith,

With the stress-bearing girders of Your love
 

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Prayer gently lifts me to highest heaven
From earths confusion to Jesus' breath
My sin and weakness
My doubt and sorrow
Are lost forever in sweetest rest.

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In Jesus' name, I pray against all fear and ask You to fill us with your love and protection, knowing that You are the one in charge and that we can trust You no matter what life throws at us.  Nothing can separate us from you.

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In a worldwide battle we are surrounded by fear.  We avoid others as we fear contamination and yet it is so strange for us to be apart.  You made us to be united in relationship with others and with you. Help us be united in love.

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Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

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I bow before Your greatness and majesty,
Mighty creator God.
When life seems chaotic,
Help me to remember that You have plans -
Good plans, Lord. Amen.

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"Love is the bridge between you and everything" Rumi.

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In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

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Ah my dear Lord, the Church is locked,
but let my heart be open to your presence,
There let us make, you and I,
Your Easter garden,
Plant it with flowers,
And let the heavy stone be rolled away.

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I would Love to tell you what I think of Jesus

"since I found in Him a friend so strong and true,
I would tell you how He changed my life completely"
He did something that no other friend could do.

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He wept. Yes, He weeps with us, not just for us.

He feels our vulnerability, our plight, our pain.

You see, He so Loves all of us. He is our Light.

He is the best medicine anybody could wish for.


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‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’ Lamentations 3:22-23


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This Lent I thank God for my father's recovery. 
That one light in a world of darkness did not go out makes it shine even brighter. 
May hope be kindled. Χριστ?ς αν?στη 

 

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We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure whilst the billows roll,

Fastened to the rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love,

May we all experience this steadfast of love Jesus


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Eyes up praising, hands out giving,

Ears alert receiving, feet ready following,

Hearts openly loving, minds visibly changing

Knees freely bowing, breath deeply tuneful,

Body thanking Jesus, Jesus body broken

God’s grace given, loves humble path.

Thankful, thankful, souls waiting.

 

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"Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep we may rest in peace."

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