This week I am honored to have Liz Babbs staying with me as she begins her Celtic California Adventure. Liz is the author of Celtic Treasure and many other books–Celtic oriented and otherwise. Having her camp out in my guest room provides the perfect opportunity for me to pick her brain about all things related to Celtic Christianity. (If you hang around this blog long enough, you’ll discover that Celtic Christianity is one of my hot topics.)
Liz lives across the pond in Nottingham, England and has traveled to our green hills to share her internationally acclaimed Bible Alive presentation with us on Thursday evening and some of her Celtic Treasure wisdom at our Ceilidh on Friday night. Then she heads over to Fresno to engage the valley folks with more of the same over the weekend. You can catch all the details on our Celtic California website.
If you are new to Celtic Christianity, my post on Exploring the Paths of Celtic Christianity provides an introduction to one of the most important segments of Christian history. The Celtic saints of old have helped shape and mold my spiritual journey and continue to impact my walk with Jesus. “A saint is one who exaggerates what the world neglects,” said G. K. Chesterton. In her book, Celtic Treasure, Liz shares this prayer in the spirit of St. Aidan (died AD 651):
Leave me alone with God as much as may be.
As the tide draws the waters close in upon the shore,
Make me an island, set apart,
alone with you, God, holy to you.
Then with the turning of the tide
prepare me to carry your presence to the busy world beyond,
the world that rushes in on me
till the waters come again and fold me back to you.
If you live on the Central Coast of California or in the Central Valley, we’d love to have you join Liz at Father’s House in Atascadero this Thursday and Friday evenings, or meet us in Fresno at the Neighborhood Thrift Store Lounge on Saturday and at University Vineyard Church on Sunday. Her books will be available at all events. Event times, maps, and details are available here.
In Him together, Susan Gaddis