Brexit And Simplicity

 

The next few days may determine (keep your fingers crossed) whether UK will become Post-Brexit or No-Exit or continue in the throes of 'Don't Know Yet'.    Whether you are an internationalist or a localist, the CAH value of Simplicity is all-important.

Simplicity in our speaking and writing tells the truth in plain words. The Lord’s Prayer contains 56 words, the Ten Commandments 297, the American Declaration of Independence 300 - and The European Economic Community Directive on the Export of Duck Eggs contains 26,911 words!

 

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Last Wednesday members of Cramlington churches joined Aidan and Hilda members from Liverpool, London and Shetlands who were on an Igniting the Flame Course at Open Gate, Holy Island,  to witness Anna Knox take her First Vows.  Jutta provided a welcome of delicious home-cooked scones etc.  and Robert organised the logistics of the service.

 

 At the close of the vows service Anna read these lines from Marjorie Milne’s poem Rhymes from a Lindisfarne Monk:

 

He is my king, in my heart he’s hid

 

He is my joy all joys amid

 

I am a drop in his ocean lost

 

His coracle I, on his wide sea tossed

 

A leaf in his storm.

 

 

 

The book of his praise in my wallet slung

 

The cloak of his friendship round me flung

 

Hither and thither about I’m blown

 

My way an eddy, my rest a stone

 

And he my fire.

 

 

 

My meat his work and my drink his will

 

He is my song, my strength, my skill

 

And all folk my lovers in good and ill

 

Through him my desire

 

 

 

In the track of the wind I trace his feet

 

And none of his coming was e’er so fleet

 

So sweet

 

 

 

Often my heart is a heavy stone

 

Mocked, trodden under and spat upon

 

My way a mirk, and I alone, alone

 

 

 

Then in my heart flames a climbing star

 

As his pilgrim feet come flashing far

 

To bring me where the blessed are

 

He is the cleft in the dark sky riven

 

Whereby I may leap to the bending heaven

 

Through the storm

 

Marjorie Milne of Glastonbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted at 13:56pm on 18th October 2019
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