Despite the mild winter so far, warm layers of clothes are still the order of the day. Condensation on the library windows diffuse the light and filter later breaks of sun as they backlit the branches of the trees beyond them.
A solitary ladybird, who may have arrived incognito with this week’s flowers took a journey during Meeting perhaps unaware of a small collection of hibernating ladybirds high up in one corner of the room.
During Meeting a Friend read Quaker Faith and Practice 2.03
Some Friends are able to recall with clarity the first occasion on which they attended a Quaker meeting. While I cannot remember when or where I did so, I do have a vivid recollection of the meeting which I began to attend regularly.
It was held in a rather hideous building: the meeting room was dingy. We sat on rickety chairs that creaked at the slightest movement. The whole place gave little hope that those who worshipped there might catch a glimpse of the vision of God. It was in stark contrast to the splendour of the Anglican churches to which I had been accustomed, where through dignified ritual the beauty of holiness was vividly portrayed.
However, it was in this unlikely setting that I came to know what I can only describe as the amazing fact of Quaker worship. It was in that uncomfortable room that I discovered the way to the interior side of my life, at the deep centre of which I knew that I was not alone, but was held by a love that passes all understanding. This love was mediated to me, in the first place, by those with whom I worshipped. For my journey was not solitary, but one undertaken with my friends as we moved towards each other and together travelled inwards. Yet I knew that the love that held me could not be limited to the mutual love and care we had for each other. It was a signal of transcendence that pointed beyond itself to the source of all life and love.
George Gorman, 1973
Later in Meeting there was a short musical offering realised by the medium of a kazoo (yes, I said kazoo).
After Meeting notices were read and we chatted over refreshments.
Next week will also see an Area Meeting at Harpenden after our own Meeting.