beloved life practices 48: sacramental life (live the brilliant future now)


REFLECTION: ‘Bold shapes, sweeping lines, strong colours. I love the art of my sometime-collaborator Alison Berrett. Her work energizes me, the story she paints is full of hope and makes me feel that I can do pretty much anything, however tough, improbable or even impossible the future task might seem. One of the core practices for those who set out on the Jesus path is the nurturing of a human life that in itself pictures and carries a story of hope. A life crafted like this becomes a kind of sacrament – at the same time both a sign of hope and a coming-into-being of the reality of the hope to which it points…’

beloved life: sacramental life
beloved life: sacramental life

PRACTICE: ‘At first stage, seeking the spirit of Live the Brilliant Future Now, this practice is about finding ways to explore and articulate how you experience the gaps between the ways things are and the seemingly impossible future for which you might dream. Look for your own way – in words or in art perhaps to – to explore this gap. Ask these questions of yourself and others: How would you like the world around you to be different? And crucially, how could that change begin to take shape first in you?’

©Ian Adams ‘Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times’ (Canterbury Press)

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Unfurling: poems
Unfurling: poems

Ian’s new collection of poems Unfurling is out now on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, and all usual online sources including Book Depository  with free delivery world-wide.


  1. Stephen Winter Posted on October 28, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I will be doing some work with a Church of England Parish this afternoon & evening and the question that you ask in this posting seems so much more fruitful than all the usual analysis based questioning. “How would you like the world around you to be different? And crucially, how could that change begin to take shape first in you?”
    Thank you, I am very grateful.

    1. Ian Adams Posted on October 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      that’s great to hear Stephen, thanks for letting us know! all the best for this afternoon and evening – peace to you Ian

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