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Inspired by the places we dislike as well as like

With just over a week left to enter the Inspired by Creation competition (the deadline for entries is 30th September) we continue our series of reflections with another of the judges Ed Newell, the Sub-Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, sharing how he is inspired by creation.

Photo by TreetopMom on Flickr

Photo by TreetopMom on Flickr

Do you find yourself returning time and time again to a ‘special’ place? Over the years, I’ve been drawn back to a part of the north Devon coast. It’s there that I often go to think, reflect and pray. Looking out to sea speaks of the eternal. Standing on the cliff grounds me in my daily life. It’s a boundary, and a place where I sometimes feel closest to God. Seasonality and changes in the weather help as well. The sea’s changing moods might reflect my own or challenge me.

Yet there are also places where I feel spiritually alienated and uncomfortable. These are also important, because they have taught me to search for God in new and different ways. I find this most especially in drab towns and cities. Here, perhaps more than anywhere else, I’ve felt the importance of community, and of how small things – maybe a patch of wild flowers amongst rubble – can be uplifting. So place matters, and it’s good to experience places we dislike as well as like – and to search for God in both.

Canon Ed Newell, Sub-Dean of Christ Church Cathedral

Where are you inspired by creation? For full details and to enter the competition visit: www.earthingfaith.org/inspired.

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