Saturday, 19 April 2014


I have just been reading a few pages from Paulo Coelho's Manuscript Found in Accra (HarperCollins, 2012) and was really struck by a little passage about how things change and the wonders of transformation.

"Therefore respect the time between sowing and harvesting.  Await the miracle of the transformation.  Until the wheat is in the oven, it cannot be called bread.  Until the words are spoken, they cannot be called a poem.  Until the threads are woven together by the hands of the person working them, they cannot be called cloth."  (p. 130/1)

Transformation is very possible.  It happens - but it doesn't 'just' happen.  Sometimes we need to do a bit of waiting.  Sometimes we need a catalyst, a change-maker.  Certainly we need the right things in the right place.

There are lots of things that can be done with these ideas - but, today, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, perhaps it is enough to emphasise those words of encouragement to "await the miracle of the transformation."

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