stop. easier said than done in our "neverstop" culture. i am a casualty of speed and a survivor still. having sabbaticaled for a year, I have spent, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, learning to *be*. i am a human being, not "employed" or "unemployed" — a box to tick on a form. i just *am* and that is enough!

my name is Jonathan Green and this is my space in the virtual to pause and reflect on the real. a place to share things that have come from stillness and reflection. things that spring from simply *being.* i encourage you to have the confidence to pause and *be*.

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I have just finished a very intensive three and a half years working for the Methodist Church nationally to develop Chaplaincy Everywhere. To be frank, we gave a lot to the work (as others have) and beginning any new work, especially on that scale, was exhausting both physically and emotionally. It was also very costly for our family; we moved home twice from the South Coast to Glossop near Manchester and ended up a year ago in a little village just outside Wakefield. I was then made redundant. So, it has been exhausting and I find myself emotionally burnt out and in need of space and nourishment.

Many people thought that we were mad to pursue the vision for Chaplaincy Everywhere on 1 year fixed term contracts, especially as we had to move away from friends and family to pursue the work, but we felt like it was the right thing to do. God clearly told us to take one step at a time and we have done just that! I have learnt over the years that guidance usually works that way.

So here we are on the 2nd September and I am beginning a little experiment. I am choosing not to run into another full time job, which will no doubt become all consuming. Instead, I am going to wait on God and see what happens. I am choosing to have the confidence to pause… again!

My wife said that God has given me the desires of my heart and that is a true and wise perception. I have been trying to carve out this kind of space for the best part of a decade. This way of being was always the goal - I’m not sure how long it will last, this time in which I can wait, still my restless heart and discern how to spend my time in ministry - in pursuits that are right up my street.

I want to live a life of obedience. I want the things I invest my energy, focus and passion in to have an impact. I believe that acting from a place of prayer and waiting will result in meaningful and powerful action - hopefully with loud music and much dancing somewhere in the mix :)

The art of stillness is a hope to reach towards, I certainly wouldn’t call myself an expert, more like someone who aspires to be an artist. Right now I draw stick people, but watch this space, real art may emerge.

How do you cure a shattered soul?

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I once heard a person say,

“Sometimes I wonder if the pace of my life is actually shattering my soul.”

Life back in 2002 was fast, but during the subsequent 12 years the world has gone into hyperdrive — or at least that is how it feels to me.

We are fast approaching the slow…

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In the second episode, Jonathan Green plays his song Our God Reigns, reads a prayer from his book Fractal Beauty with piano accompaniment and introduces Love One Another. Plus a brief insight into Jonathan’s love of mixing things up and chord substitution

Download the songs and chord charts on this site for free.

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An alternative take on Our God Reigns at the piano. Our God Reigns draws upon Psalm 95 and is a song of praise, joy and devotion. An uplifting and versatile congregational praise song for the Church.

Download the chord chart for Our God Reigns

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