I’m starting writing this blog entry during the AGM of the chaplaincy church in Cahors where I have ended up at the end of my slower and longer trip through France. I planned to visit this English speaking congregation after my last visit and have been invited to someone’s home for lunch. It turns out to be their AGM week which reminds me of something from 30 yrs ago in its formality and concern with minutiae. I missed the vision 125 gathering in Hazlemere so maybe this is my penance.
The trip through France has been from business to solitude. The long miles have been accompanied by either my own playlist on my phone or a series of podcasts from some of the churches I listen to regularly. Alongside this I’ve been in wonderful scenery, crossed beautiful bridges and walked along wooded banks. The Gorge du Lot was rugged and deep with a cascading river and dam and lake. My accommodation in small hotels in lovely riverside towns was great and I’ve been in total French speaking company until getting to this church today. This has taxed my French but been fun.
Once again I can only testify how helpful it is to take time, to listen and to think. Unheralded thoughts and inspirational images come to mind in unexpected times and places. Over the next few days I’ll be back in our little house in Puy L’Eveque with opportunity to continue to read, write and formulate thinking.
I’m seeking to avoid a sense of urgency as the end of my sabbatical draws near. These months have gone quickly and been so varied and full it’s absolutely amazing. I’ll write later about some of the key aspects of this last three months but for now I’m happy to continue in the way I’ve become accustomed over the last period.
Thank you for positive support and warm encouragement. Thank you also for those who have started to comment on my return to parish ministry.
For now a few images from the Lot Valley.
Your friend. Clive