It is a book meant to be read and the rhythm of the Authorised Version is easy on the ear as well as on the tongue.
Workmen were busy putting up scaffolding so that the lights and heaters can be lowered ... this way the top of your head will be really, really hot! Actually, I'm not sure how low the heaters will be placed ... but warming a building of those dimensions and with so much bare stone is a bit of a lost cause! As is so often the case, wearing more clothes is the better answer.
The West Door was open and that's where the labyrinth is ... I did walk it ... but today the background noise was almost impossible to shut out. However, walking around the path does help focus your praying and under normal circumstances is a useful aid at times.
Sometimes we allow events that have happened, or hurts, to eat away at us ... and that begins to destroy us on the inside. There is always the danger that we human beings won't forgive even though we have received forgiveness over and over ... and where does that leave us? If God has accepted me (and that is true!) then I, in turn, must show the same love and acceptance for all humankind. I do not have the liberty to love this one but not that one ... I cannot be selective when I pray ... we all need the same grace of God ... so it is not my place to judge and condemn ...
Like it, loathe it or just ignore it ... the Spire of Hope is a reminder that things can be different ... but we need to work with God and allow change to happen in our lives, as well as praying for change in the lives of others.
There's a wideness in God's mercy
like the wideness of the sea;
there's a kindness in his justice
which is more than liberty.
If our love were but more simple,
we should take him at his word,
and our lives would fill with gladness
in the presence of the Lord.
Church Hymnal number 9
Frederick E Faber (1814-63)