pack of lies
that you should show
to spring in the winter glow
behold the lord is coming
for Jesus Christ has risen
and the days are long
longing for your smile
we feast and reconcile
That might be borderline rapping although I am not sure. Hopefully you are not upset by this. I also took some wonderful photos yesterday and today. It is very sunny and somewhat warm although the air is cold, so not exactly shorts and t-shirts weather yet.
A beautiful cobble stone path within a park, leading to a bowling green. It felt like being on an adventure in Wonderland!
I thought this was a great shot showing the contrast between winter and spring. You can see the transition from light to dark, and from death to rebirth. The flowers are rising from the ground bringing new life to the world again. The earth is slowly becoming more lush with ivy green grass and trees that were bare are now sprouting leaves.
I really liked this picture because of the clear blue skies in the background, along with the beaming sunlight. The cherry blossoms signal the start of spring.
On a side note, I found a book in a charity shop – a travel guide – on Europe. It costs £2 which is a bargain! The online equivalent was something like £12. Brand new it would’ve cost £18.99!
Bottle of gloom
Half way there
Settle 'til noon
Crested smiles upon thy face
Let us lie
In our resting place
As we begin the transition into Spring once again I am reminded of the beauty of life. Glad to be alive, to have made it this far. Of course, it is a struggle. More for some of us. Rather than have high hopes of uncertain futures, taking each moment with a deep breath. Recalling happy memories, making time to forget past pains. It might snow in March but my life is always bright.
It has been snowing quite a lot today! It’s not snowed this winter except for now and a little back in December where I live. Today I treated myself to some chips and mushy peas and a slice of biscoff cake. Supporting the local businesses. Helping society function by spreading the money where it is needed.
Since the last few weeks has proved quite challenging for me in terms of my physical health and mental health, I decided to start revisiting church.
I am a believer and to me keeping my faith strong is important for my mental and physical wellbeing. The only issue is that I lacked church visitation, which I am not too happy about. Mostly because I don’t like to attend on my own. Today I made an effort to go out around 10am to visit the St Thomas’s Church which is within an hour of where I live and has been on my radar for a while. I have seen many old churches which are in much better condition, this was still in good condition but inside you can tell it doesn’t have the funding that others do. I spoke to a gentleman who confirmed the funding was poor. I understand time are hard, but it is surely the Church of England that should be taking it upon itself to provide adequate funding and repairs and not the general public who can only give what they can afford most of the time.
You will notice that this is huge, like most churches, and it has an upstairs which I was not expecting. I will be returning in the near future for sure to attend a Holy Communion service. I was granted permission to take photographs.
I was respectful to the altar and not to cross the wrong boundaries, but the public can enter the choir gallery area.
The church is large but apparently has a small congregation of people who attend regularly. I hope that more people will attend services here. It is one of a number of Church of England churches throughout Greater Manchester. I have yet to visit St. Peters church and St. Georges churches. I do intend to visit them but finding them open is very difficult considering that they are only open on Sunday for a brief time. This was not always the case.
Funding has blatantly decreased, and the public seem less interested in church and religions than ever before. The advent of modern belief systems has drawn a substantial part of the populace away from traditions like Christianity toward new age enlightenment beliefs and such. This is of course not deterring from the fact that there are around 2.83 billion Christians in the world making it the largest religion still to this day based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. A whopping 1.9 billion are Islamic and 1.25 billion are Hindu. Around 1.1 billion are non-religious. I hope that puts things in perspective – you should never feel ashamed of your faith. There will be others, so don’t be afraid to connect with them. The writer of Hebrews encourages the gathering together of friends and family as a community for support, love and wellbeing.
I was a little apprehensive about visiting as I haven’t done so in a while. I hope any future visits will provide an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals. Thank you so much for reading and I hope the pictures are enjoyable too.
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Welcome to this poem. Firstly, I want to apologise for not posting in the last twelve or so days. I was unfortunately quite unwell in hospital from the 16th of September to the 27th when I was allowed to leave. Still recovering, albeit at home. I think this is a trying time for me but as always staying true to my faith and with a courageous heart facing the unknown.
Blinded by the lightmy eyes they take the nightwhen my heart ceased to beatI began to meet, myselfon the brink of the unknownfizzing through dimensionsas the angels sing praise of GodI drop into the open waterand sparks streak across my visionand life seems so pale and emptyyet full of life is beaming through the hazemade out of clay, finding the wayto the top, waiting for my destiny, to hophop into the love and the lightextremely peaceful seductionthat radiates from my mind.
How do you feel about forgiveness?it lingers on my lipslike your quick whipped stilted humourfavouring the valley of sandwhere water cannot expandand each atomshaking violentlyinto the rivers hiddenbeneath our longing hazewhere even angels, learn to play.
Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid. Having courage and showing courage mean we face our fears. We are able to say, ‘I have fallen, but I will get up.’
Goodnight, you brave soulheaven is sleepingmoving the goalposts for you to catchpainted sunrisewatch the beaming ether wingsangels dancing around a fire lakelook up in the midst of hoperising seatidesuncertainty plagues deep in your minda lion with a bloodshot eyeuniversal kingdom for him to to deny.
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Better to live a life on the edge of death
living full of heart
than to live full of pain
full of self interest
simple method is in your hands
love to the end of time
and seek no forgiveness
where purity white strikes
the sky is full of stars
eyes reflecting who you are
are you enough?
does the earth shake to the core
Honesty and meaningcan you hear it too?chanting of the invisible crowdsonic power that is being founddispersed dirty dish wateryou are the foolno, says he, go forthlook into the sunrealise what is being doneyou are not on the runyou are hiding beneath a gunmaking of your own creation
winds picking up speedgetting to church is all I needcrashing thunderstormflight fancy takes holdhas to get homerun, runbefore you begin to become undoneuntold and rich elegant speechless merchantrich pastel gazing mental fashionpolo gimmick stick follyhave you yet to rest my wandering feetperhaps all you need to do is sail the seaI have come so faryet the stars are brightdawn has yet to render the nightinvisible
standing at the final gateis this a lifetime or is it fateyou can wait another moment...... the voices are settlinginstinct crowds are regrettingholding handsshaking brandshurting to live againsee me at the dawn of the pipersay to me, 'Oh, not shall you suffer more on in'I hear that crackthrust backwardsignitionpre-cognitionhello world, I can seeall from withinhearing the outside inwhere did it beginunlocked
potentialmy foolish waysnow a distant memory.
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
I have felt the pull of evil of the last few months. But Good prevails. So too can you when they attack. They may appear human, but do not be deceived. Vampires can and will strike when at your best or at your worst, they don’t care for you. You are most vulnerable when you are asleep!
The above post talks about some protection but I will add my own as usual;
Garlic – I cannot stress enough how important this is. You should only have a small amount to eat. But, you can put a big bulb next to your bed or just anywhere you feel is vulnerable in your home. Crush or cut to release the beneficial properties.
Essential oils– It is well known that some oils like lavender will protect you. You can put a dab on your arms or wrists, or on the neck, and of course you can diffuse, put droplets on your pillow or use a lavender pillow. Rosemary is another strong oil for protection. Rose oil is great too. Last night I felt like I was vulnerable and at their hands because I didn’t have my diffuser next to me.
Praying – You are temporarily invincible when you pray, or so it feels. Praying for protection would be a good start or having a priest come bless your home is another. Whatever you pray for, do it with conviction, vamps can smell falsehood!
Dagger – A good old fashioned metal dagger which you can keep under your pillow whilst you sleep or just slip it in your jacket pocket. Only wield when in danger and use your wise judgment to know when that is.
Crucifix – The one and only proven source to actually protect you. Have one in lead? Even better. Have one in solid gold? Great. Make sure you use it wisely and do not use it against every attacker, it is reserved for only those attacks which are fairly easy to ward off.
Energy stones – I call them energy stones. They are great. I bought rose recently and also posted about cleansing the heart. Rose quartz would be a good bet, or perhaps a large pile of obsidian? Beware that the vamps can still use their bodies like us, so they may try to rip the stone from you. Don’t need to carry it with you, but should place it in a nice protected area so that it emits the required protection properties.
Sunlight – Get that house or apartment aired out and filled with the glorious light of the sun. Make sure to expose your own body to the sunshine too. If you cannot stand the light you may already be succumbing to the bad ways.
I really, really, really, really, REALLY… hate vamps! They are the most annoying and useless things. But being the good person that I am, I will pray for them and shine love on them. Even if it burns them to ashes.
I will finish on the Lords Prayer:
who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name
thy kingdom cometh
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven
and give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
and forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil
for thine is the kingdom
forever and ever