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St George’s News - Waterlooville’s Parish Magazine

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Winter 2016 issue

A Quiet Day

It is Christmas time again, the lights have gone on in Waterlooville and we are trying to think of all that has yet to be done.

A few weeks ago an invitation was given to St George’s Church to share a quiet day at St Peter’s, Hayling Island on the 21st November. A day set apart for ourselves, few answered, but a small group of ladies, all from Mothers’ Union decided to go.

It was to be a day of quiet reflections, readings, and prayer. All had been done for our comfort for the day, even a rug to put on your knees to keep warm should you wish to spend time sitting in the church.

We all live busy lives, and Saturday is a busy day, but I went. It would be hard to explain to anyone the peace that day gave to me. To shut my mind to everything and in the quietness the words came to me: - “Be still and know that I am God”.

I have been asked the question, “what did I find in that day of quiet?” In my home, as a child we had a picture placed in the sitting room, a Quaker Meeting House, with a group of people sitting together in silent prayer - but there was just one empty seat, looking again at the picture - you could see the seat was not empty, but the shadow of our Lord stood with arms outstretched in love and blessing to all around.

Perhaps this was my answer to that question.

Audrey Mentor