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Sunlight Though the Shadows

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Hello. I’m Sherrian. Thanks for visiting Sunlight Through the Shadows. I live with my husband, Paul, in the beautiful West Sussex countryside just north of the South Downs, around seven miles from Brighton.

Always fascinated as a child by church buildings and what might be inside them, though I didn’t go to church then, at different times I’ve been part of a Baptist church (briefly, in my teens), an Anglican church in town and two rural Anglican parishes.

In my current parish, I’m on the Parochial Church Council and head up a small Generosity and Giving Team. I’m also passionate about helping to raise the profile of our three parish churches within their communities.

Like many people, I found the various Lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 very difficult and they cast quite a few shadows over my life and mental health.

However, the strong bonds forged through a small group of female Christians in my parish, meeting on Zoom for two Advent groups,* then a Lent group** and then forming a Creative Writing Group, have truly brought the sunshine streaming through the shadows as we’ve begun to develop our writing and continue to support each others prayerfully as we follow our individual faith journeys and grow as Christians.

I’m retired following a very varied working life including secretarial and admin work; working as a teaching assistant in a primary school; as a tutor helping adults improve their literacacy skills; writing and delivering volunteer training; working for a charity for the Deaf; freelance editing and proofreading and providing domestic help for older people.

Much of my time is now spent working on developing Generous Giving ideas for my parish and giving as much emotional and practical support as I can to my mother who is in a care home.

In my free time, I like to read, garden and write. I belong to both the church-centred group and another creative writing group and enjoy writing short stories, memoir and poetry, usually on of the chosen themes for one of these group’s meetings.

I’d like to use this blog to share with you some of the ways in which I glimpse sunlight in the every day and how I’ve found that the glorious sunlight only God can give, can pierce the deepest shadows.

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Please leave comments and share your own experiences of finding sunlight through the shadows.

*following “At Home in Advent” by Gordon Giles, pub. Bible Reading Fellowship 2020 and “The Whole Christmas Story” by Jo Swinney pub. Bible Reading Fellowship 2021

**following “At Home in Lent” by Gordon Giles, pub. Bible Reading Fellowship 2018

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