Today would have been James’s 95th birthday. He died quickly and peacefully at home just a fortnight ago, on a warm Autumn evening, 26 October, comfortable, cared for, and surrounded by love.
His remarkable energy lives on – not only in the words he has published already and the memories of his countless friends, but also in the words he has written for future publication. In fact, James being James, he has already written the blogs for his website up until 2030! So we will continue to publish his reflections every fortnight, and we hope you will continue to get pleasure and benefit from them.
JRE’s last letter contained this memorable extract from one of his ‘future’ blogs:
In churches around the world candles are lit in memory of a loved one or for someone in need, and when we leave the building it is in the knowledge that the candle burns on in our absence, only to be succeeded by other candles, each a symbol of the ongoing stream of prayer. Lighting a candle is not only an act of piety; it is an act of poetry, reminding us that we each carry a lamp for humanity…
So now let us light a candle within ourselves as we enter the Great Silence, knowing that all over the world others are gathered together in prayer and meditation as they too, share in that Great silence.
11.11.1927 – 26.10.2022