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The Bield - A Slam Doggerel


Today, 30 June, I step back from The Pastoral Team at The Bield. What follows is my reflection on The Bield after 25 years. It’s been a great adventure for us and now we need to take a step back in order to enjoy The Bield ourselves in a new way, while others continue the work. I won’t mention them all, just love them as best I can. Elsewhere you may find all the information you want about them.

My Reflection has been called various things, but maybe slam doggerel is the best designation for it. You make up your own mind about the style, and hopefully you are able to enjoy what is there and also to nod and say, yeah, I recognise that. If there is something mentioned here that you are not familiar with then I hope you will come to The Bield and explore for yourself to see.

Every blessing and see you some time.

Robin

“It is important to keep our focus on the good that is being done at The Bield.

Remember your feeling of consolation.”


So said my spiritual director Bill Broderick when I went to him feeling down about something at The Bield.


So, I am asking myself as I draw towards retirement from the pastoral team at The Bield, what is the good that is happening at The Bield which Bill said we should keep our focus on?


Succour,

Encouragement,

Healing,

Joy,

Gratitude,

Beauty,


Men’s work,

Women’s work,

Worship,

Prayer,

Praise.


Eating together,

Meeting together


Love,

Care,

Art Exhibitions,

Open gardens,


Smallholding,

Embrace of difference,

Inclusiveness,

Love manifest,

Food produced


Walled Garden splendour,

Touching hearts,

Minds,

Souls,

Bodies,

through

beauty and bounty


Lives transformed,

Ours and Bield guests’

Deepening prayer times

Worship’s togethering


Teams built

Dreams come true

Grace abounding


Many hosted

Touched

Changed

Fed

Formed

Freed

Friended


Blessing

Shekina

Shalom

Salvation

Meals prepared

Beds changed

Floors washed

Spaces hoovered

Shared laughter

Common ground

Conflicts solved

Challenges met

New life ensued


Stability

Staff strength

Our benefit and guests’


Lives unfolded

Confidence built

Growing lives

Growing people

Growing one another


Celebrating life

Learning to love

Learning to mourn together:

Mike, David, Isobel


Faithfulness

Constancy

Shoulders to the wheel

Pulling together

Practical love expressed


Art appreciated

Grounds

Gardens and

Barn

Souls enriched

Eyes opened

Spirits blessed

Truth shared

Discovered

Apprehended

Realised


Nature nurtured

Organic growing

Health restored

Food delicious


Fresh air

Outdoor services

Walking labyrinths

Praying with nature

In nature

For nature

Squirrels running

Streak of red

Rabbits courting

Foxes boxing

Hares dancing

Deer calling


Ravens cawing

Buzzards meowing

Owls hooting

Men around the fire

At night


Birds calling

Birds singing

Flash of blue

Kingfisher and Jay

Thrushes giving

Operatic display

Bug hotels

Beehives

Wasps peeling furniture


Flowers in crops

Balance predator and produce

Blessing garden

Good!


Cattle lowing

cattle moving

cattle breaking out

messing us about

Hallelujah

They shout

Life’s texture enriched,

Manifold experience

Never a dull day

Thank God we say


Curling pond

Waterfall

Paths in Shelterbelt


Mike’s wood

The gravel pit

Sheep

Pigs

Alpacas

Goats

Hens

Geese

Dogs

Cats

And Molly, the horse

All sing God’s praise


Mila and Amber

Dogs of

Refreshment and

Grounding


The chickens

Spiritual guides

Many blessed through them


The chapel

Our heart

Our engine room

Our steadying

Hearth


Our souls touched

Our hearts moved

Our spirits lifted

God wooed



So,

Thank you, God, for the vision

The calling to Blackruthven

Thank you for the Bield folk

And all whose lives we’ve poked

We pray that all be blessed

Who come.


Blessed by Your

Love

Embrace

Nurture

Emboldening


Thank you, Lord, for everything and all.

Amen

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