Today we remember John Donne

Published on Tuesday 31 March 2020

Today the Church commemorates John Donne, Poet and Priest, (1572-1631), who amongst other things famously wrote –

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;

How apt, true and poignant for us in our current situation to remember that not one of us is self-sufficient. It is more evident today than just over a week ago! We need each other, and without each other, we are less than we can be. We all belong together. Whether we are at home or working long hours we are realising our interdependency like never before.

We are, even if we don't feel or think it, one with each other, and as Christians believe, one with God.

I suspect many of us may think it is too quiet in our home, for others it will be too noisy. And others are working frantically. If you are isolating on your own you may be craving some conversation and company, your friends and loved ones. If you have small children cooped up indoors most of the day you may be longing for some peace and quiet and to be left alone, however much you love them!

In the midst of our fear of too much silence or not enough of it, John Donne reminds us in his beautiful prayer 'Our last awakening' that there are moments, when we can be brought to that knowledge of belonging, despite all that may or may not be going on around us.

With our love and prayers,

Nils

Our Last Awakening

Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening
into the house and gate of heaven,
to enter into that gate and dwell in that house,
where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;
no noise nor silence, but one equal music;
no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;
no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity:
in the habitations of thy majesty and glory, world without end.


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