When Tristan(the eldest magpie child) and Carrie got married they performed a small ceremony that involved mixing water from here in Chingford, London , U.K. with water from Donaldson, Indiana, USA, their respective homes.

One of Carries most loved friends delivered an homily on water and its meanings, I hope that they won’t mind me reproducing part of it here.


Water is the formless potential out of which life emerged.

Water was our first home, surrounding us in our mothers’ wombs and it forms 70% of our persons, covers 70% of our planet.

Water represents power for it has destroyed cities and civilisations.

Water is strong and ubiquitous, it is also humble and elusive, seeking the lowest places.Water is both ordinary and extraordinary.

Water makes for wonder as by itself it rainbows and crescendos over fall  turning giant rocks to simple sand; water too, forms the hardy oceans’ waves yet it is sensitive enough to register gentle ripples when insects light or the wind  stirs. And when water shares and extends itself it brings life to the tiniest of seeds.

Water is both clock and calendar, marking the rhythms ot the moon in its tides and communicating the essentials of the seasons of our Earth. It is open to transformation: from dew and mist and rain to fog and haze and ice and sleet and snows. Water is mystery, potential and life–past and future.

…. from the writing of Sister Judith Diltz

And, to paraphrase Sister Judith’s words:

May we be, like water, refreshment, sustenance and life for each other and for all those whose lives we meet.

Peaceful waters...Canada

Peaceful waters...Canada


7 Responses to “Water…….”

  1. Grannymar Says:

    Wonderful thoughts with which to end my day.

    May you rest in calm waters this night.

    I like the photo.

  2. magpie11 Says:

    Thank you…I hope you slept well….
    My oldest friend and his family live on the shores of that lake……

  3. rummuser Says:

    “The best [man] is like water.
    Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them.
    It dwells in [lowly] places that all disdain.
    This is why it is so near to Tao.”

    – Lao-tzu

    For both types of Indians, the original and the American variety, water is sacred.

  4. magpie11 Says:

    Yes….and water is central to many belief systems.

    Water, of course, does not need to compete. It is imbued with so much power, whether in the form of mighty waves, rushing river torrents or simple drops.

  5. maureen Says:

    What lovely thoughts – thanks for sharing them!

  6. magpie11 Says:

    Hello Maureen!
    How’s the Beagle?

    I have a feeling that I’m becoming a bit too philosophical in me old age!

  7. maureen Says:

    The pampered pooch is tucked in for the night, resting up for another day of following his stomach where ever it leads….as only a beagle can do 😉

    Too philosophical? – not possible!

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