Click on the pictures below to discover:
Poems, Prayers, Bible verses, Pictures and Quotes
which explore the idea of wilderness and oasis.
Our Christian life can be seen as a journey or pilgrimage.
There are a few amazing experiences but we often find ourselves in times of confusion, boredom, dryness or suffering.
What we might call periods of wilderness and moments of oasis.
During Lent we think of Jesus’s time in the desert before his temptation by the Devil.
This time in the wilderness was a time of preparation for Jesus’ public ministry.
So, wilderness isn’t necessary bad but it can be difficult.
The Lent period is actually 40 days + 6 Sundays.
These blog entries were contributed by various members of the congregation during Lent 2022
The wilderness entries were created for Monday to Saturday and the Oasis entries for the Sundays
Christ’s light is revealed
Can I see myself?
Pictures by Rev Ally Barrett
Staying with those who suffer
Break down in me the barricades of death
And angels came
Christ who conquered be our guard
God created humour and laughter
Who in this age of deafening hurry can find that gentle answer?
Dear God why do I keep fighting you off?
Deep in that black hole you will find the blue flower
With God in Trinity – keeping us on track
What if I took off my shoes?
Lift up my eyes from the earth, and let me not forget the uses of the stars.
The Psalmist finds hope
My soul thirsts for you
Stop and see
Get up and eat …
Hope can make the desert bloom
Have you ever felt alone in a crowd?
Let my heart be thine
Let my soul be at rest again
I saw only trouble and sorrow
That stands the test of time
I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning
Let the radiant thought last in stillness
Keep sowing seeds in hope
God will satisfy our needs
God accompanies us in the driest places
For the burdens of each day
Our only choice …
by Stanley Spencer
But the Son of Man has no place to lay his head
Honesty in grief
Finding joy and purpose again
Supported in grief
Getting and spending we lay waste our powers
Becomes a place of refreshing springs
Learning in the difficult times
The wilderness gives us time to ask questions
And yet …
Oasis comes in many guises
Painting by Zagitov Vladimir
God’s plan for his world
Lent is a tree without blossom, without leaf
The Holy Spirit can send us into wilderness