From the steps of St John

This lunch break I went to the church of St John on Bethnal Green. I stood on the steps and enjoyed the view. It is a good vantage point to look west down the Bethnal Green Road and north and south along the Cambridge Heath Road. Two parks can be seen from the steps and one end of the Roman Road. There’s a lot of bustle. 

It reminded me, in a way, of Rainham Marshes. I was almost invisible on those steps, like being in a hide. And the more I stood still and watched, the more I saw. I caught glimpses of other people’s lives. 

And without having particularly intended to, I began to pray. Holding each person that I saw in the Light and wishing God’s grace upon them, that they might share with someone else today. 

After a while, a man came and joined me on the steps. He didn’t speak to me. Then he left, into the church. And he came back. We both stood on the steps. I wanted to ask if he was praying too, but I didn’t feel the need to speak. 

A few minutes later, I left the church steps and continued on my walk. 


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