At Meeting: 3rd July 2016

Flowers for 3rd July 2016

A sunny day. Interesting to notice how the sun doesn’t hit the main Meeting room window any more as where the sun is at this time of day has changed slightly. The wild meadow out the back is reaching further upwards. Insects flit between the tops and the surrounding trees.

Advices & Queries 28 was read during this slightly shortened meeting die to the Preparative Meeting (Quaker Business Meeting) that followed it.:

Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness.

Later a friend reflected on this passage by saying that whilst they thought it was very much common sense they still found themselves conflicted about it. They felt that tasks are laid onto people who often feel ill equipped and very unsuited to the task. But that they felt strength was given to do that task if it is God’s will.

They said there were examples at Yearly Meeting of people being called to undertake tasks via a calling or concern, in Quaker language, and though some had felt it was unwise to take on this work it nevertheless bore much fruit.

After Meeting we shared refreshments and chat and many of us stayed on for PM.

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