Top 5 Places for Prayer and Reflection
It’s easy to be sucked into the hustle and bustle of everyday life but sometimes you need to get off the one-way train and remember why you are doing it all in the first place. Reconnecting with God through prayer and self-reflection is one way to do this.
Whether it is with your scripture group or a private reflection, sitting amongst the greenery or listening to the sea waves can help us connect with creation and the Creator.
So grab your notepad and pen, a few scriptures and immerse yourself in some of the mesmerising nature spots in Sydney.
- Auburn Botanic Gardens
Walking through cherry blossoms, this garden oasis is a must see. From the mystic Japanese garden to the national forest walk, there are enough places where you can sit and enjoy what nature has to offer. There are a few hidden gems here including a reflection pool. Yes, it is actually called the reflection pool.
Scripture Suggestion: Job 12:7-10
8 West Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2144.
- Milk Beach
Hit pause at this secluded beach. A dramatic view of Sydney in the distance plus the clear blue, this beach gives you the opportunity to find your equilibrium and ask how faith fits into your life now.
Scripture Suggestion: Nehemiah 9:6
Carrara Road, Sydney, New South Wales, 2030.
- Wendy’s Secret Garden
True to its name, once you find this garden it’s hard to believe that you are in the middle of the city. The sweet aroma of the flowers is enough to inspire thoughts and understanding of a scripture you might be reading. Don’t be afraid to jot down a few notes too.
Scripture Suggestion: Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 6:28-30
Clark Park, Lavender St Lavender Bay, Lavender Bay, New South Wales, 2060.
- Manly Scenic Walkway
Sometimes the best way to reflect is while you’re being physically active. A walk or jog along this track is a nice way to clear your head, that is if you’re not focused on how out of breath you are.
Scripture Suggestions: Psalm 8:3-4
Marine Parade, Manly, New South Wales, 2095.
- Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
If you have more time on your hands why not travel to one of the many national parks around Sydney. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is nature at its best boasting views of the northern waterways and perfect for bird-watching. An Aboriginal heritage site, there are also opportunities to experience more of the vibrant Aboriginal culture.
Scripture Suggestion: Isaiah 55:12
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales, 2084.
Your local church
I know this list is about getting out into nature but if you are looking to feed your spiritual soul your local church can be the way to do it. As they say walking into a place of worship is like coming home.
2020 Safe Church Awareness Workshops08/08/2020 - 07/11/2020
NYALC - Online19/10/2020 - 11/12/2020
Webinar Series: New Connections: What ways can we overcome isolation and loneliness?20/10/2020 - 04/11/2020
Theology and the Common Good- Online22/10/2020
25th Annual Remembrance Ceremony26/10/2020