18th February


This is the avenue of trees in the woods on the way to Thrupp and I took this picture on 24th March 2020, the second day of lockdown, when all was very discombobulating. Very many of us have walked here and taken pictures in this last year. From this angle the trees beckon us on to walk out through the picture. They give us boundaries to the left and right and let the light through in manageable ways. Our journey of Lent begins. As I walked through this avenue I felt safe and held by the boundaries. The direction was obvious and I didn’t have to think about where I was going. When so much seemed uncertain, this piece of the journey was clear and known. Walking under this avenue the light shines upon you but does not burn you, and the sounds of the woodlands ring pure and clear in your ears. Truly this is a place of healing and wholeness. May your journey be blessed this Lent.


O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
The power throughout the universe displayed;

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;


And when I think that God His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die – I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:


When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home- what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!