2020 Lenten Reflections: A Holy Island Pilgrimage – Part 5

Part 5 – The Lime Kilns

Continuing our theme of staying awhile in the present moment, today’s film takes the track out from Lindisfarne village, to beyond the Castle, as far as the ruined Lime Kilns. Here we are invited to explore the kilns from both above and beneath…

Walking up towards the castle until more boat-sheds are in view. Beyond the castle, on the right we see the top of lime kilns reached by the wagonway from the quarry behind Coves Bay. The wagons’ contents would be tipped from up-a-height, then lime extracted from the fires below.

Follow the steps, and you can explore the inside of the kilns, climb in and look upwards to the sky, or see the archways frame a different view of what’s outside.

Beneath, above, inside and out: with or without fire, a different perspective helps us see clearly where we are.

Lenten Journal 📚📖

As you watch each of these lenten videos, we invite you to pause and collect your thoughts in words, images and music.

Today’s reflection is all about seeing things from different perspectives.

📕‘A different perspective helps us see clearly where we are’ 

When Jesus speaks the words we now know as the Beatitudes he gives an invitation to change the perspective with which we judge the circumstances of others and of ourselves. The events of desolation become a place for consolation. Seen from another perspective those who mourn are blessed. In quietness and trust look compassionately at where you are today:

Look Beneath – what are your foundations, the things your current life circumstances are built upon?  Do these need underpinning? (See Matthew 7:24-27)

Look Above – what are the dreams and hopes that have led you to this place? What possibilities are open to you?

Look Inside – In your day-to-day and week-to-week routines, what changes might help you hold a healthy perspective on the circumstances you are experiencing in life?

Look Outside – who are the one or two people in your life who love you enough to challenge your perspectives? When did you last invite them to share with you their observations about the current circumstances of your life? What steps can you take toward such a conversation?

📗 ‘With or without fire’ 

The lime making industry of Holy Island took place in the 19th century. It was a complex and dangerous production of a compound that was useful yet hazardous – a building material, for ‘limelight’, a public health safety chemical for mass burials in times of plague. It proved essential yet costly for people’s health and to the environment. 

Take a walk around your neighbourhood (physically or through recollection). Where are the places which bear the scars of industrial so-called progress? Standing in each place pray that people might be touched afresh with beauty through the fire-like touch of God’s Spirit:

‘Most powerful Holy Spirit, come down upon us and subdue us. From heaven, where the ordinary is made glorious, and glory seems but ordinary, bathe us with the brilliance of Your light like dew.’ (Celtic Daily Prayer)

📘 Christ as a Light illumine and guide me. 

The words of the canticle of Morning Prayer can be spoken as an invocation, asking for Christ’s protection and encircling. Consider that this prayer is not a straightforward plea for immunity and safety but also about the perspective we are inviting Christ to show us – to see Him in the heart of all whom we meet.

Candle Photographer – Shan Sheehan / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

Light a candle. With paper, pens or paints ‘illuminate’ these words as you pray them, asking for Christ’s perspective upon the specific place and people He has called you to. Where does this reminder of His perspective help you as you serve Him today?

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