Bread - 'give us this day our daily bread'; the smell of freshly baked, just-out-of-the-oven bread... and the steam rising as it's broken; Jesus as the 'bread of life' who sustains, satisfies, nourishes and nurtures; the breaking of bread in communion, in community, at meals... and for all the 'holy in the ordinariness' of it.
Back as in 'ain't it good to be back home again'... Today was last day of training conference. It was good; it was maddening; it was hilariously funny; it was a super learning experience on many fronts - both in and out of sessions. On the 'back' of this...
Blethers and banter, bonding and building up: during pyjama parties [staying in segregated dorms which someone christened 'Mallory Towers'], as well as chats over coffee and the endless rounds of meals wheeled out, as well as in our set reflection groups at conference.
Breathing is always a very good thing and I give thanks often that I still do it!! For days when the air is just that little bit cooler and the mist of breath hangs in the air: a silent reminder of God's good gift of life.
the Bible is a cracking read:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ... All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
Books - lots of lovely books to pore and ponder over, and the wonder of God-given desire for knowledge and wisdom througout the centuries which has left a marvellous heritage. Truly, we do stand on the shoulders of giants...
Birds and birdsong - God's airborne choir??!
Beaches for walking, sitting and playing on; as a place of space and solitude and quiet contemplation and inspiration; as a place to exhale the busyness and stress and tiredness and to inhale salt-tanged rest and refreshing.
[with thanks to Fi for the pic]