Every day a new arrival at Glastonbury Tor. Be grateful for who arrives because each has been sent as a guide. Ok, I have changed it a bit from the original quote written by Rumi, the 13th Century Persian poet.
This past weekend, we have had the most lovely group stay here—a Fellowship retreat from London based around Islam’s teachings. A group of Muslim families come together every year to pray and give praise.
It was a dark winter weekend in December, but the group brought so much joy and love to the complex that the sky seemed to brighten around them. The sky glowed the brightest orange every morning, yes it was just a sunrise, but it was beautiful each morning they were here.
I spent hours chatting with different group members, trying to learn what I could about a faith I confess to knowing not a lot about.
I learned a lot from my incredibly knowledgeable guests, but I knew most of what they spoke about to be true already.
A persons faith, belief or religion, has nothing to do with whether they are good or bad. All people are good, but some can be badly influenced by interpreting the world they live in differently from others.
I feel very proud to live in Glastonbury, a town that boasts over 70 different faiths or beliefs living in harmony together. I suspect there are not many places in the world that welcomes all. Everyone has a story and a part to play in the coloured history of this Somerset town.
Everyone gets lost and then found on Glastonbury Tor
It made me smile when the members of the Fellowship Retreat went for a walk up the Tor and got lost—not smiling because they got lost, smiling because, on their way, they found some of the colourful characters of Glastonbury. They were helped by everyone they met. One group said a lady dressed in colourful velvet and walking four wolves showed them how to make it back to Middlewick. Another group said that a man with a long white beard that looked like Santa or Merlin led them back down the path to the cottages.
It’s a good thing people get lost going up Glastonbury Tor. It helps them to be found.