18 May 2021Just a thought
Lord, remember all who are alone and lonely.
Lord, remember all who cannot sleep,
who do not want to sleep, or sleep fitfully.
Lord, remember all people in relationships –
the sacrifices, the getting on together,
the space, or lack of it.
Lord, remember all who feel downtrodden,
victimized, or unfairly treated.
Lord, remember all who find no point,
value or meaning in living.
Finally Lord, remember any who suffer,
no matter what form the suffering takes,
and may it bear fruit,
even if this fruit is unknown to the sufferer
or known only in hindsight.
17 May 2021Just a thought
This week’s Psalm: Psalm 1: The Secret of Happiness
Happy the one who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the circle of the scoffers,
but whose delight is in the teaching of the Lord,
meditating in his teaching day and night.
Such a one shall be like a tree well planted by channels of water,
giving its fruit at the proper time, its leaves never withering –
yes, all this person does shall be fruitful.
Not so the wicked, for they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgement,
nor sinners in the assembly of the just.
For the Lord knows the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked shall come to nothing.
Grant, Lord, that through study of your word and nourishment by your grace, we may know the happiness of walking the good way where you are ever at our side.
15 May 2021Just a thought
Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, "I love to go and see all the things I am happy without."
— Jack Kornfield in After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
14 May 2021Just a thought
Loving someone means helping them to be more themselves, which can be different from being what you’d like them to be, although often they turn out the same”
― Merle Shain
13 May 2021Just a thought
Sometimes I have experienced God in extraordinary ways - in dramatic surprises or soul-expanding insights or unexplainable mystical encounters. More often, I have felt God’s reality in the simple encouragement of a friend, in the gentle inspiration of a sermon, or in the familiar ritual of the Eucharist and I’d be less than honest if I didn’t also say that at times, I’ve found myself in the spiritual doldrums, cast adrift, wondering if the wind would ever blow again.
- Brian D. McLaren
12 May 2021Just a thought
Forgiveness is the peace you learn to feel when you allow these circling planes to land.
Forgiveness is for you and not the offender.
Forgiveness is taking back your power.
Forgiveness is taking responsibility for how you feel.
Forgiveness is about your healing and not about the people who hurt you.
Forgiveness is a trainable skill just like learning to throw a baseball.
Forgiveness helps you get control over your feelings.
Forgiveness can improve your mental and physical health.
Forgiveness is becoming a hero instead of a victim.
Forgiveness is a choice.
Everyone can learn to forgive.
—Fred Luskin in Fred , Forgive for Good
11 May 2021Just a thought
Be Thou within me, to strengthen me;
Without me, to keep me;
Above me, to protect me;
Beneath me, to uphold me;
Before me, to direct me;
Behind me, to keep me from straying;
Round about me, to defend me.
Blessed be Thou, O Lord, our Father,
for ever and ever.
- Lancelot Andrewes (1555 – 1626; English bishop)
10 May 2021Just a thought
O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvellous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gained him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
- Psalm 98: 1-4
07 May 2021Just a thought
The roots of love sink down and deep and strike out far, and they are arteries that feed our lives, so we must see that they get the water and sun they need so they can nourish us. And when you put something good into the world, something good comes back to you.
— Merle Shain
06 May 2021Just a thought
I can only fly freely when I know there is a catcher to catch me.
If we are to take risks, to be free, in the air, in life, we have to know
that when we come down from it all, we're going to be caught, we're going to be safe.
The great hero is the least visible. Trust the catcher.
— Henri Nouwen
05 May 2021Just a thought
Life need not be easy to be joyful. Joy is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.
William Vander Hoven