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Explore Quiet Spaces May - August 2019

Please note this is the last issue of Quiet Spaces


About Quiet Spaces

Taking you into quiet spaces to meet with God...

Published three times a year, each issue of Quiet Spaces provides four months' worth of inspiration for your quiet time, presented in fortnightly sections. This material can be used in daily portions throughout the week or all in one sitting as a 'quiet day', perhaps at the weekend. Within each section there are twelve elements comprising reflections inspired by different traditions, creative activities, liturgy, Bible reading and ideas for meditation. Also included is a chapter taken from As a Child by Phil Steer, which explores Jesus' words about becoming like little children and what this means for our faith journey.

The Editor writes

Dear readers

As I come to write my last letter to you as editor of Quiet Spaces, it is of course with sadness, but also with gratitude to BRF for giving me the opportunity to develop the publication I had been searching for on bookshop shelves and that I know has been valued by so many. I feel privileged to have worked with a fantastic and inspiring group of writers who have challenged and excited me with their contributions, as I know they have you. It has been a time for me to grow in my relationship with God and personally.

I want to thank those readers whose loyalty has maintained Quiet Spaces thus far. Many of you I know will be upset to reach this point, and my thoughts turn to how you are going to continue to encounter God as you journey with him. So I invite you to take what you have learnt about prayer onwards on your journey. Use what God places in front of you in your prayer, calling on methods you have practised with Quiet Spaces. If there is a Bible passage, read it slowly and spend time with a word or phrase that catches you, or imagine the scene and meet God and spend time conversing with him. If he gives you objects, hold them, receive them and listen to what God has to say to you through them. If you are outside, engage with your creator God, receiving from his creation and giving thanks for his gifts. If a passage talks about objects, find the objects, or something made of the same materials, see what you notice as you handle and get to know that object and allow God to speak. Remember to stop and be quiet and be with God.

You will need to be ready and listening if you are to notice what God puts in your path, and ready for the unexpected from our God of surprises.

Try not to think too much about your prayer: live it and experience it - so you allow God to live in the whole of your body, not just your head, and he is able to work with your emotions and feelings and all your senses, for he made you with those senses and loves you to use them.

You may have developed a new language for your prayer through using Quiet Spaces, finding you use senses, feelings, individual words or silence more than well-structured sentences. Have confidence to use your God-given language in your prayer as you relate to the God who has given you that language.Try to find others who use similar languages with whom you can pray or talk over your experiences. Seek out Quiet Days and retreats where you will have time to waste with God.

As Jeremiah 31:3 almost says, God has loved you with an everlasting love, so he will continue his faithfulness to you.


Sally Smith


In this issue:

Fiona Stratta

God's calling
Richard Palmer

The Bible and poetry
Liz Hoare

The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
Andrea Skevington

Visions from Revelation
Sue McCoulough

Jean Sims

Holiday time
Janet Fletcher

Anne Noble

The Wind in the Willows
Sally Smith

As a Child: Become
Phil Steer

Craftio Divina
Anne Bennett and Miranda Threlfall-Holmes


About the contributors in this issue

Fiona Stratta is a Speech and Language therapist and Speech and Drama teacher. She has written Walking with Gospel Women, Walking with Old Testament Women and Walking with Biblical Women of Courage for BRF. In her writing, she desires to connect readers' spiritual journeys more closely with their daily lives.

Richard Palmer is a writer, trainer and spiritual accompanier. He facilitates days exploring the spiritual journey, discernment and vocations. He is Secretary to the Derby Diocese Spirituality Group and a Vocations Advisor. His passions are family, creative writing and playing the drums.

Liz Hoare is tutor in spiritual formation at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. She teaches discipleship and prayer and has a special interest in spiritual direction. She is married to Toddy, a sculptor, and they have a son. Liz enjoys baking, the English countryside and looking after her chickens.

Andrea Skevington writes for both adults and children, winning the Christian Book of the Year award (Speaking Volumes) for her retelling, The Lion Classic Bible (Lion Hudson, 2011). She has written Jesus Said ‘I Am' for BRF (2019). She also enjoys storytelling for children and running creative writing seminars for adults.

Sue McCoulough worked for a number of years at the BBC. She was then Prayer Coordinator at the aid agency Tearfund, writing prayer materials and liaising with supporters. A reader at her church since 2000, she enjoys creative writing as well as organising and leading occasional retreats and Quiet Days.

Jean Sims offers spiritual accompaniment and enjoys leading Quiet Days, providing prayer spaces and guiding retreats. She belongs to the prayer and spirituality group in her diocese and helps to lead courses on prayer and in the training of spiritual directors for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

Janet Fletcher is a priest in Aberdaron, Bangor Diocese, the Church in Wales. She is also the Diocesan Spirituality Officer and has oversight of Spiritual Direction in the diocese. She enjoys teaching about prayer and spirituality and leading retreats, has written Pathway to God (SPCK, 2006) and has contributed to BRF's Guidelines.

Anne Noble grew up on Merseyside and studied geology at Oxford and Toronto. She is an Associate Minister at Colton in the diocese of Lichfield and is married with two grown-up daughters. She still enjoys geology, reflecting on what we can hear and see of the God of all time through rocks. In her spare time, she loves gardening.

Sally Smith enjoys creating spaces that enable encounters with God through leading Quiet Days and creating prayer corners and stations. She has led prayer groups in her local church, works as a spiritual director and writes and produces educational materials.


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