We have come a long way since we first caught a glimpse of the Celtic Christians. Hopefully we have seen that we are all essentially the same. We are human beings in need of God who not only created us, but who sustains us – for He provides life, justice and mercy through His love and power.
In the Celtic Christians, we have seen how different peoples can not only see themselves as family, but be family; not through ourselves, but through being adopted by God the Father.
It can be good to find quiet times and quiet places – not as ends in themselves, but as a means of shedding distractions and drawing closer to God. He is always here: do we choose to turn to face Him or to turn away from Him?
We have seen how fulfilling a good and godly life is when we simply get on with it. But we need to remember that getting on with life includes times of contemplation – are we actually doing as God calls us; using the giftings God has given us; actively supporting others or just helping ourselves?
We were created to be in relationship, fellowship, community. We can come together and hold ourselves accountable to each other and to an especial dear one whom God provides for that purpose – and through all that, we can draw closer to God.
We can admire and learn from godly traits in others, but as a means of inspiring us to do godly things ourselves. We do not need to travel to journey; we do not need to see the result for there to be completion of God’s will.
We can learn and follow the importance of timing – seasons of activity and rest. We can relax into the care and love which our Father has for us all, through the power of a blessing:
The blessing of God and the Lord be yours.
The blessing of the perfect Spirit be yours,
The blessing of the Three be pouring for you
Mildly and generously, Mildly and generously.
We can seek protection in prayer, noting that God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) provides us with the means of our protection even as we seek Him to encircle and surround us in providing for us and in loving us:
Form of Christ before thee
Form of God behind thee
Stream of Spirit through thee
To succour and aid thee.
We have blessings, caim and lorica prayers, in Psalms:
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favour as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12)
We are called to walk in step with Jesus so that we can see what He sees, do what He does, rest when He rests.
The Celtic Christians found so much expression and inspiration in simplicity, prayer and just looking to Jesus. But the point is not to stop there, admiring them. The point is to recognise – and to do – what Jesus calls of us. We have seen that already, and it is appropriate to close this series with the verses in Luke that sum up what we are called to do:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
‘Go and do likewise.’
[from Timothy Pitt]