From Brian’s desk  I spent a very pleasant afternoon at Manly recently.  Had lunch, fish and chips, while watching the waves.  A few people were surfing and some children were playing at the waters edge – the time spent was relaxing, refreshing, reflective. My musings that afternoon brought back some memories of 10 years ago where I spent another afternoon gazing at water. Then I was attending a United Church of Canada conference in a town called Arnprior.  Arnprior is in eastern Ontario, about 70 kms west from Ottawa, and like Manly is situated by water.  Not a great ocean, but at the confluence of two rivers, the Ottawa and the Madawaska.  A strong wind was blowing that afternoon and the temperature sat at about -10, a tad different than Manly!  I stood on the cliffs above the weir on the Madawaska River close to the point the two rivers flowed together.  I watched with expectation the turbulence as the currents flowed disjointedly together – and then with equal anticipation the progression to choppy water, to bouncing wavelets, to a river running with purpose and direction.  I felt that at the point the two rivers met something was trying to escape, something was rising up and struggling for release.  Much the same image was in my mind at Manly a few days ago watching waves crash together and the spray flying high as though with great purpose to move onto the next task.  We are in the season of Easter.  Is there a purpose rising within you, a task to do?  What might it be?  With many blessings in this season of resurrection. Brian
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877
From Brian’s desk  I spent a very pleasant afternoon at Manly recently.  Had lunch, fish and chips, while watching the waves.  A few people were surfing and some children were playing at the waters edge – the time spent was relaxing, refreshing, reflective. My musings that afternoon brought back some memories of 10 years ago where I spent another afternoon gazing at water. Then I was attending a United Church of Canada conference in a town called Arnprior.  Arnprior is in eastern Ontario, about 70 kms west from Ottawa, and like Manly is situated by water.  Not a great ocean, but at the confluence of two rivers, the Ottawa and the Madawaska.  A strong wind was blowing that afternoon and the temperature sat at about -10, a tad different than Manly!  I stood on the cliffs above the weir on the Madawaska River close to the point the two rivers flowed together.  I watched with expectation the turbulence as the currents flowed disjointedly together – and then with equal anticipation the progression to choppy water, to bouncing wavelets, to a river running with purpose and direction.  I felt that at the point the two rivers met something was trying to escape, something was rising up and struggling for release.  Much the same image was in my mind at Manly a few days ago watching waves crash together and the spray flying high as though with great purpose to move onto the next task.  We are in the season of Easter.  Is there a purpose rising within you, a task to do?  What might it be?  With many blessings in this season of resurrection. Brian
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877