In Smart’s poem, Jeoffry rolls all about in the morning as part of his prayerful preparation for the day…
In the midst of the constraints of the day Jeoffry reaches. Here William Ho’s interpretation of his art:
“Jeoffry was open to God unreservedly.
He was longing to reach God…
he was longing to God creatively within all his constraints.
Jeoffry was turning seven times around and facing east upward.”
[William Ho, artist]
William’s art and commentary bring this truth home: in gospel union, there can be an expanding horizon.
Life will have its restrictions – there can still be reaching. Life can be grim in a madhouse – there can still be praise. The madhouse is securely locked – Jeoffry is ‘open’ to God and new possibility.
In Christian community life is both held, and can be expansive. Both are available, and unless both are plainly woven into our being then we are not being true to our circumstances and faith.
Christian community has wonderful textures:
A poem by a team member
There, in the depths of the untouched,
In the dark corners of the angry,
In the cracks of the broken,
In the sorrows of the hurt,
And there, in the dirt of the rough,
They cry to you, O unsuspecting passer-by
“Take my hand and rub off my dirt
I will reveal to you my extraordinary value
And in turn I will rub the dirt off your heart.
Do not fear me
My tears will clean you.”
[Poem by team member]
we put out an invitation:
weave your own life
into the fabric of a boarding home community.