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Issue 4 Winter 2007

Suffolk pilgrims

"More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of" (Tennyson)

A prayer walk is a reflection of our walk along the spiritual path that we tread through life. We walk in company, in Christian love, and we are aware of Gods creation around us. And we praise and pray to God.

Marsh Harrier

Several walks have been made since the summer and more are planned for crisp and colder Winter days! We have walked together, at times in silence, but also talking together and getting to know each other and we have stopped to pray. A longer walk, on two occasions, was held in the Minsmere and Eastbridge area. Here, we identified about sixty species of flowers, watched marsh harriers and walked cheerfully over the marsh, heathland, dunes and through the woods. Shorter walks alongside the Deben have also been made with time to stand and stare, to wonder, to be grateful and, of course, to pray. In walking thus, we remind ourselves of the pilgrimages made through the centuries; of the walking ministry of Christ through the Holy Land. We have also focused on our own spiritual paths. In thought we have walked in the Exodus from Egypt, and on Pauls journeys spreading the Good News.

Our walks through the peaceful Suffolk countryside are open to all. Prayer walks are gentle and undemanding, in caring company and we believe walking with God. If you are interested to join a future walk please see notices in St Marys weekly pew-sheet, and at the back of the church.

Lifes journey

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me;
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You make out my journeys and my resting place
and are acquainted with all my ways
Where can I go then from your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there;
If I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand shall lead me,
your right hand hold me fast.            from Psalm 139