|Photo taken by my friend Carolyn RA|
Like Peter on Tabor I too found myself saying it is lovely to be here with you... and like Peter I knew I couldn't stay forever... happily, though, because something different but equally good awaited. Back home at 11NG some of our students were preparing a party for Diwali, which one of the organisers described as a festival of light, colour, sweets and joy - all of which we had in abundance! In a room filled with energy, friendship and shimmery, sequined clothes we ate, chatted and - once the music started - produced our finest Bollywood moves, patting dogs, changing lightbulbs and waggling fingers with gusto. The evening ended in the garden, with candles and more noise, enjoyment and colour, as we happily let fireworks and sparklers unleash our inner eight year olds!
So, two different events, each filling me with joy: the quiet joy of sitting in an atmosphere saturated with prayer and stillness, led by young people; the exuberant joy of celebrating life and light with young, high-spirited friends... both joys merging to form one deep sense of blessedness with which to start a new week.