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  Tuesday
Jun-30
Thought For The Week

'We learn the rope of life by untying its knots' ~Jean Toomer

Life as we all know can be unpredictable and uncertain at the best of times. The last few months of the covid-19 pandemic have reminded us so much of this. We have had to adapt an adjust our lifestyles in ways we never thought possible. Life has been described as a shoe lace or piece of string that can get twisted in knots. Sometimes there are so many knots in our life we wonder where did it all go wrong.

From a spiritual point of view we know that knots are something we all have to live with. Even back in the time of Jesus, he was so aware of the struggles people had to face each day. Jesus was so in touch with the knots in people's lives. He reached out to them in love; he was gentle and patient with them. He most certainly did not create more knots for them and he often helped a person untie their personal knot, whatever it might have been. For that person there was a great sense of freedom and joy. The knots had been tying them down but now there were new beginnings.

It is my firm belief that every person carries knots in their personal lives. The invitation of the Gospels is to be open to the blessings that God wants to bring into our lives. God is with us very much in the here and now and is with us through every knot we may be carrying. God doesn't create the knot but God most certainly helps us untie the knot or knots. This has always been my sense of God. I believe in a God of love who is making a difference in our lives and who is helping us all untie those knots.

I will finish with the following prayer I came across called 'The Knots Prayer' and the author is unknown: Dear God, please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and life. Remove the 'have not', the 'cannot' and the 'do not' that I have in my mind. Erase the 'will not', 'may not' and 'might not' that may find a home in my heart. Release me from the 'could not', 'would not' and 'should not' that obstruct my life. And most of all dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life all of the 'am not's that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough. Help me to be the beautiful person you have created.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-29
Thought For The Week

'We learn the rope of life by untying its knots' ~Jean Toomer

Life as we all know can be unpredictable and uncertain at the best of times. The last few months of the covid-19 pandemic have reminded us so much of this. We have had to adapt an adjust our lifestyles in ways we never thought possible. Life has been described as a shoe lace or piece of string that can get twisted in knots. Sometimes there are so many knots in our life we wonder where did it all go wrong.

From a spiritual point of view we know that knots are something we all have to live with. Even back in the time of Jesus, he was so aware of the struggles people had to face each day. Jesus was so in touch with the knots in people's lives. He reached out to them in love; he was gentle and patient with them. He most certainly did not create more knots for them and he often helped a person untie their personal knot, whatever it might have been. For that person there was a great sense of freedom and joy. The knots had been tying them down but now there were new beginnings.

It is my firm belief that every person carries knots in their personal lives. The invitation of the Gospels is to be open to the blessings that God wants to bring into our lives. God is with us very much in the here and now and is with us through every knot we may be carrying. God doesn't create the knot but God most certainly helps us untie the knot or knots. This has always been my sense of God. I believe in a God of love who is making a difference in our lives and who is helping us all untie those knots.

I will finish with the following prayer I came across called 'The Knots Prayer' and the author is unknown: Dear God, please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and life. Remove the 'have not', the 'cannot' and the 'do not' that I have in my mind. Erase the 'will not', 'may not' and 'might not' that may find a home in my heart. Release me from the 'could not', 'would not' and 'should not' that obstruct my life. And most of all dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life all of the 'am not's that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough. Help me to be the beautiful person you have created.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-28
Thought For The Week

'At some point in our lives, faith will feel like darkness, belief like unbelief and God's person and existence will feel like nothing. Our minds and hearts will, at that point, come up dry and empty when they try to imagine or feel God, not because God doesn't exist or is less present than the physical world, but because God is so massively present' ~Ronald Rolheiser

There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Spiritual writers have written about this and how such moments are in fact good and healthy. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding.

Last Sunday (June 21st) we had the longest day of the year. The weeks and months of 2020 have moved on so quickly, partly due to so many news stories around the covid pandemic. The month of June is a celebration of abundance, light, energy and abundant growth. Nature responds by maximising this overflow of energy. The summer solstice is a celebration of everything abundant in this present moment that we call now.

How often we forget about today and the present moment. It is in the current and present moment that life is lived to the fullest. It is here that we will find God best and it is the place where we can simply be. We don't have to earn God's love. We don't have to prove anything. We don't have to earn points or try to be perfect. We don't have to pretend. All we need do is just be true to ourselves. This can only happen in the present moment.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-27
Thought For The Week

'At some point in our lives, faith will feel like darkness, belief like unbelief and God's person and existence will feel like nothing. Our minds and hearts will, at that point, come up dry and empty when they try to imagine or feel God, not because God doesn't exist or is less present than the physical world, but because God is so massively present' ~Ronald Rolheiser

There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Spiritual writers have written about this and how such moments are in fact good and healthy. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding.

Last Sunday (June 21st) we had the longest day of the year. The weeks and months of 2020 have moved on so quickly, partly due to so many news stories around the covid pandemic. The month of June is a celebration of abundance, light, energy and abundant growth. Nature responds by maximising this overflow of energy. The summer solstice is a celebration of everything abundant in this present moment that we call now.

How often we forget about today and the present moment. It is in the current and present moment that life is lived to the fullest. It is here that we will find God best and it is the place where we can simply be. We don't have to earn God's love. We don't have to prove anything. We don't have to earn points or try to be perfect. We don't have to pretend. All we need do is just be true to ourselves. This can only happen in the present moment.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-26
Thought For The Week

'At some point in our lives, faith will feel like darkness, belief like unbelief and God's person and existence will feel like nothing. Our minds and hearts will, at that point, come up dry and empty when they try to imagine or feel God, not because God doesn't exist or is less present than the physical world, but because God is so massively present' ~Ronald Rolheiser

There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Spiritual writers have written about this and how such moments are in fact good and healthy. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding.

Last Sunday (June 21st) we had the longest day of the year. The weeks and months of 2020 have moved on so quickly, partly due to so many news stories around the covid pandemic. The month of June is a celebration of abundance, light, energy and abundant growth. Nature responds by maximising this overflow of energy. The summer solstice is a celebration of everything abundant in this present moment that we call now.

How often we forget about today and the present moment. It is in the current and present moment that life is lived to the fullest. It is here that we will find God best and it is the place where we can simply be. We don't have to earn God's love. We don't have to prove anything. We don't have to earn points or try to be perfect. We don't have to pretend. All we need do is just be true to ourselves. This can only happen in the present moment.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-25
Thought For The Week

'At some point in our lives, faith will feel like darkness, belief like unbelief and God's person and existence will feel like nothing. Our minds and hearts will, at that point, come up dry and empty when they try to imagine or feel God, not because God doesn't exist or is less present than the physical world, but because God is so massively present' ~Ronald Rolheiser

There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Spiritual writers have written about this and how such moments are in fact good and healthy. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding.

Last Sunday (June 21st) we had the longest day of the year. The weeks and months of 2020 have moved on so quickly, partly due to so many news stories around the covid pandemic. The month of June is a celebration of abundance, light, energy and abundant growth. Nature responds by maximising this overflow of energy. The summer solstice is a celebration of everything abundant in this present moment that we call now.

How often we forget about today and the present moment. It is in the current and present moment that life is lived to the fullest. It is here that we will find God best and it is the place where we can simply be. We don't have to earn God's love. We don't have to prove anything. We don't have to earn points or try to be perfect. We don't have to pretend. All we need do is just be true to ourselves. This can only happen in the present moment.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-24
Thought For The Week

'At some point in our lives, faith will feel like darkness, belief like unbelief and God's person and existence will feel like nothing. Our minds and hearts will, at that point, come up dry and empty when they try to imagine or feel God, not because God doesn't exist or is less present than the physical world, but because God is so massively present' ~Ronald Rolheiser

There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Spiritual writers have written about this and how such moments are in fact good and healthy. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding.

Last Sunday (June 21st) we had the longest day of the year. The weeks and months of 2020 have moved on so quickly, partly due to so many news stories around the covid pandemic. The month of June is a celebration of abundance, light, energy and abundant growth. Nature responds by maximising this overflow of energy. The summer solstice is a celebration of everything abundant in this present moment that we call now.

How often we forget about today and the present moment. It is in the current and present moment that life is lived to the fullest. It is here that we will find God best and it is the place where we can simply be. We don't have to earn God's love. We don't have to prove anything. We don't have to earn points or try to be perfect. We don't have to pretend. All we need do is just be true to ourselves. This can only happen in the present moment.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-23
Thought For The Week

'At some point in our lives, faith will feel like darkness, belief like unbelief and God's person and existence will feel like nothing. Our minds and hearts will, at that point, come up dry and empty when they try to imagine or feel God, not because God doesn't exist or is less present than the physical world, but because God is so massively present' ~Ronald Rolheiser

There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Spiritual writers have written about this and how such moments are in fact good and healthy. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding.

Last Sunday (June 21st) we had the longest day of the year. The weeks and months of 2020 have moved on so quickly, partly due to so many news stories around the covid pandemic. The month of June is a celebration of abundance, light, energy and abundant growth. Nature responds by maximising this overflow of energy. The summer solstice is a celebration of everything abundant in this present moment that we call now.

How often we forget about today and the present moment. It is in the current and present moment that life is lived to the fullest. It is here that we will find God best and it is the place where we can simply be. We don't have to earn God's love. We don't have to prove anything. We don't have to earn points or try to be perfect. We don't have to pretend. All we need do is just be true to ourselves. This can only happen in the present moment.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-21
'The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.' ~St Paul to the Romans 5:5

I like the word 'poured' in this line from St Paul. Other words that could have been used instead of poured are 'emptied', 'transferred', 'tipped', 'dispensed' or 'discharged'. But none of these come near the impact of the word 'poured'. It accurately describes the outpouring of blessings that God always wants to bring to us. People have written lots of things about God. The scriptures are the accounts that are most read. Despite every possible experience from joy to severe hardships and setbacks, their experiences of God do not include the word mean or stingy. Everything about God is a generous pouring of love and blessings into their lives. These experiences continue to be written today. Many people can and still say that the love of God continues to be poured into our lives each day.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-20
'The word friend is so much deeper and richer than the word acquaintance or even love. Acquaintances are little more than ships passing in the night. We have many acquaintances but few friends. Friendship is a matter of the heart where our innermost thoughts, fears, anxieties and joys dwell.' ~Martin Tierney

There has been much said about friends and friendship. We so often take good friends for granted. Friendship is a place where we can just be ourselves. To be a friend is to learn and see the good and beautiful and to admire them for it. To be a friend is to also acknowledge that we all have our weak points and faults. A good friend knows when to say sorry, forgive, forget and move on.

To be a friend is to rally round when the going gets tough knowing that just your presence is worth more than many words. Your friend is a precious gift from God to you. Yes we do take them for granted on occasions. But to be a real friend is to love them from beginning to end knowing that the constant link is the wonderful gift of your friendship.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-19
How rich are the depths of God - how deep is God's wisdom and knowledge and how impossible to penetrate God's motives or understand God's methods. Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? ~St Paul's letter to the Romans 11:33-34

These lines are one of the most beautiful that Paul wrote. These lines were'nt just written for the sake of putting a few lines together. They were written by Paul over much reflection on how he felt God was present in his life. Like all of us Paul grappled with the great issues of life only to end up in admiration of God's boundless wisdom. Paul had a great appreciatiion of the richness and depths of God's blessings in his life. Sometimes we might not be as confident or as sure as Paul. But with careful reflection we know that we can point to God's influence and presence in our lives. Such an influence and presence has been a cornerstone of our lives. No event or person can ever take it away from us.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-17
Thought For The Week

'Cooking and baking demands attention, patience and above all a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship and a way of giving thanks.' ~Judith B Jones

One blessing that has come out of the Covid-19 pandemic is a huge surge of interest in home baking. At one stage the shelves in all our grocery stores were out of flour such was the demand. Parents with children at home due to school closures came up with different ways of using time throughout the day.

The feedback has been that baking was one of the activities the children really enjoyed. We all know that there is nothing like the taste of fresh homemade baking. There are so many recipes out there and many of them are straightforward and easy.

There are also many recipes out there to nourish us spiritually. Some fall short but many are life giving, personal and priceless. The ones that work best are often the ones that are simple, often done quietly and without fuss. The God we believe in can never be tied down to one exclusive recipe.

Each spiritual recipe should allow us to express our inner most thoughts and to be free to say what we want. It should allow us to turn to God in prayer, be it a few simple words or sometimes the days when we have no words. If it works for you, then your recipe is precious, priceless and something to treasure each day.

Last Sunday we celebrated one recipe that we call Corpus Christi. This feast day is a celebration of Jesus Christ who is the center of our world, our lives and everything we do. Many towns and villages still have the tradition of a Corpus Christi procession. While they won't take place tomorrow, the feast day is a reminder to give thanks for the blessings Jesus brings into all of our lives, today and every day.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-15
Thought For The Week

'Cooking and baking demands attention, patience and above all a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship and a way of giving thanks.' ~Judith B Jones

One blessing that has come out of the Covid-19 pandemic is a huge surge of interest in home baking. At one stage the shelves in all our grocery stores were out of flour such was the demand. Parents with children at home due to school closures came up with different ways of using time throughout the day.

The feedback has been that baking was one of the activities the children really enjoyed. We all know that there is nothing like the taste of fresh homemade baking. There are so many recipes out there and many of them are straightforward and easy.

There are also many recipes out there to nourish us spiritually. Some fall short but many are life giving, personal and priceless. The ones that work best are often the ones that are simple, often done quietly and without fuss. The God we believe in can never be tied down to one exclusive recipe.

Each spiritual recipe should allow us to express our inner most thoughts and to be free to say what we want. It should allow us to turn to God in prayer, be it a few simple words or sometimes the days when we have no words. If it works for you, then your recipe is precious, priceless and something to treasure each day.

Yesterday we celebrated one recipe that we call Corpus Christi. This feast day is a celebration of Jesus Christ who is the center of our world, our lives and everything we do. Many towns and villages still have the tradition of a Corpus Christi procession. While they won't take place tomorrow, the feast day is a reminder to give thanks for the blessings Jesus brings into all of our lives, today and every day.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-13
'I need all my energy for living towards your fullness. The energy I expend in anger and resentment is diverted and lost. The energy I use for loving and praying is multiplied.' ~Margaret Silf

Some people seem to be naturally bubbly and full of energy, more have far less and for many we fluctuate somewhere in between. It makes sense to conserve and use wisely what we have. It's been well documented how anger, resentment, jealousy and hatred simply eat up much of our energy reserves. Over a long period of time it can leave us feeling totally exhausted. Any time we love, pray and reach out in God's name not only saves our energy levels but multiplies them many times over. Throughout this day I can make an effort to use my energy for living life to the full. We know what doesn't work, we know what does, and the choice will always be mine.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-12
Thought For The Week

'God is not an abstraction. God is person - three in fact. God is more accessible to our minds and hearts by being seen as Father, Son and the Spirit of love between them. God is not a cold, unfeeling, unit of isolated magnificence. God is Spirit inspiring love in the hearts of all people of good will.' ~Tom Cahill

Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday and reminds us that much about God and life is mystery. Puzzles get solved but mysteries don't. But what does this really mean? Thomas Aquinas probably answers it best when he said that whenever we speak about God there is only one thing we can be sure of, that we're wrong! Any attempt to speak about God can never be too far wrong though, if we say that God is love.

The Trinity is about the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd. So where does this leave the Trinity? Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on.

While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity it is good to acknowledge that much of life is a mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the midst of Covid-19 life is a big challenge right now. But we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt. Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-11
Thought For The Week

'God is not an abstraction. God is person - three in fact. God is more accessible to our minds and hearts by being seen as Father, Son and the Spirit of love between them. God is not a cold, unfeeling, unit of isolated magnificence. God is Spirit inspiring love in the hearts of all people of good will.' ~Tom Cahill

Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday and reminds us that much about God and life is mystery. Puzzles get solved but mysteries don't. But what does this really mean? Thomas Aquinas probably answers it best when he said that whenever we speak about God there is only one thing we can be sure of, that we're wrong! Any attempt to speak about God can never be too far wrong though, if we say that God is love.

The Trinity is about the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd. So where does this leave the Trinity? Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on.

While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity it is good to acknowledge that much of life is a mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the midst of Covid-19 life is a big challenge right now. But we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt. Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-09
When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch." "Master" Simon replied, "We worked hard all night long and caught nothing but if you say so I will pay out the nets." And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear. ~Luke 5:4-7

There is a lovely message to this story. We can all relate to times when we feel let down by God, when we have tried everything and caught nothing.

During this current covid-19 pandemic, there is a sense that at times it feels we are on our own. It is easy and tempting to throw in the towel. Yet the call is to put our trust in God. God never abandons us or never tries to outsmart us. There are already enough in life trying to do this. Once we are willing to take the initiative and put our trust in God, then we are ready to face anything life may throw at us. It was good that Simon Peter questioned, it was good that he trusted and in the end he got far more than he expected. So can we.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-08
Thought For The Week

'God is not an abstraction. God is person - three in fact. God is more accessible to our minds and hearts by being seen as Father, Son and the Spirit of love between them. God is not a cold, unfeeling, unit of isolated magnificence. God is Spirit inspiring love in the hearts of all people of good will.' ~Tom Cahill

Yesterday was Trinity Sunday and reminds us that much about God and life is mystery. Puzzles get solved but mysteries don't. But what does this really mean? Thomas Aquinas probably answers it best when he said that whenever we speak about God there is only one thing we can be sure of, that we're wrong! Any attempt to speak about God can never be too far wrong though, if we say that God is love.

The Trinity is about the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd. So where does this leave the Trinity? Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on.

While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity it is good to acknowledge that much of life is a mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the midst of Covid-19 life is a big challenge right now. But we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt. Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-07
'Suffering is something that we all understand and love is the language that heals all suffering. All of us have this gift to give to others through our eyes, our embrace and our words, through shared tears or a kind deed or prayer.' ~Ronan Scully

Suffering is something we are all very much aware of. It affects us all in different ways. It is something that none of us can avoid. But it is often misunderstood. Some see suffering as a test from God. This is never the case. Suffering is one of the many complexities that make up the mystery of life. At the heart of our belief system is a God who helps us through the many complexities of life. God is love and love is the greatest healer of them all when we face suffering of any kind.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-06
'It can be a long human trek to the heart. How hard many of us find it to get in touch, with how we really feel deep down. Whole lives can be lived and wasted without once knowing how they feel. Whole life spans can be spent without ever having truly lived.' ~Joe Armstrong

Different parts of the world vary but in the western world we are totally focussed on the externals. We sweep along with a daily run of non stop events. The pace is usually hectic and it leaves little space for quiet time or reflection. We seldom look within or take the time to check in on how we are genuinely feeling. Men (and I include myself here) are the worst culprits. When asked how do we feel the response is normally, "Fine", "Grand", "Sound". It's an invisible wall we put up and it needs to be knocked. There is a huge need to bring some balance back in and to spend some little time being honest with our innermost feelings. It's an area of our lives that is so overlooked and neglected. It's time to journey inward. A little done consistently over time would make such a difference.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-05
Thought For The Week

'Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.' ~Corrie Ten Boom

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday and marks the end of our journey through Easter. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the presence of the Spirit of God in our world and in our lives. It is sometimes hard to put words on what this actually means for us. This year so many Confirmation ceremonies have had to be postponed due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. It has been a significant loss.

We know from Confirmation ceremonies that much colour, life and energy flows. It is a wonderful occasion but sometimes there is no carry over or no determination to move it beyond a one day event. The Spirit and energy of God is alive and active in our lives not just on the occasional one day event but through every single day. This is often referred to as the good news of the gospels. But we are so busy with endless things to do that we often forget the energy and presence of God all around us.

So who is the Holy Spirit for each of us? Very simply the Holy Spirit is our friend and is the breath of God in our daily lives. A good image to hold is that of a yacht. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

Tomorrow Pentecost Sunday is a day to celebrate. This year's celebrations are so different due to all the restrictions. But that should not stop us marking Pentecost Sunday in our own way. The following prayer to the Holy Spirit could be our way of marking the special day that it is: 'Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.'


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-04
Thought For The Week

'Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.' ~Corrie Ten Boom

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday and marks the end of our journey through Easter. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the presence of the Spirit of God in our world and in our lives. It is sometimes hard to put words on what this actually means for us. This year so many Confirmation ceremonies have had to be postponed due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. It has been a significant loss.

We know from Confirmation ceremonies that much colour, life and energy flows. It is a wonderful occasion but sometimes there is no carry over or no determination to move it beyond a one day event. The Spirit and energy of God is alive and active in our lives not just on the occasional one day event but through every single day. This is often referred to as the good news of the gospels. But we are so busy with endless things to do that we often forget the energy and presence of God all around us.

So who is the Holy Spirit for each of us? Very simply the Holy Spirit is our friend and is the breath of God in our daily lives. A good image to hold is that of a yacht. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

Tomorrow Pentecost Sunday is a day to celebrate. This year's celebrations are so different due to all the restrictions. But that should not stop us marking Pentecost Sunday in our own way. The following prayer to the Holy Spirit could be our way of marking the special day that it is: 'Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.'


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-03
Thought For The Week

'Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.' ~Corrie Ten Boom

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday and marks the end of our journey through Easter. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the presence of the Spirit of God in our world and in our lives. It is sometimes hard to put words on what this actually means for us. This year so many Confirmation ceremonies have had to be postponed due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. It has been a significant loss.

We know from Confirmation ceremonies that much colour, life and energy flows. It is a wonderful occasion but sometimes there is no carry over or no determination to move it beyond a one day event. The Spirit and energy of God is alive and active in our lives not just on the occasional one day event but through every single day. This is often referred to as the good news of the gospels. But we are so busy with endless things to do that we often forget the energy and presence of God all around us.

So who is the Holy Spirit for each of us? Very simply the Holy Spirit is our friend and is the breath of God in our daily lives. A good image to hold is that of a yacht. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

Tomorrow Pentecost Sunday is a day to celebrate. This year's celebrations are so different due to all the restrictions. But that should not stop us marking Pentecost Sunday in our own way. The following prayer to the Holy Spirit could be our way of marking the special day that it is: 'Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.'


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-01
Thought For The Week

'Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.' ~Corrie Ten Boom

Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday and marks the end of our journey through Easter. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the presence of the Spirit of God in our world and in our lives. It is sometimes hard to put words on what this actually means for us. This year so many Confirmation ceremonies have had to be postponed due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. It has been a significant loss.

We know from Confirmation ceremonies that much colour, life and energy flows. It is a wonderful occasion but sometimes there is no carry over or no determination to move it beyond a one day event. The Spirit and energy of God is alive and active in our lives not just on the occasional one day event but through every single day. This is often referred to as the good news of the gospels. But we are so busy with endless things to do that we often forget the energy and presence of God all around us.

So who is the Holy Spirit for each of us? Very simply the Holy Spirit is our friend and is the breath of God in our daily lives. A good image to hold is that of a yacht. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

Tomorrow Pentecost Sunday is a day to celebrate. This year's celebrations are so different due to all the restrictions. But that should not stop us marking Pentecost Sunday in our own way. The following prayer to the Holy Spirit could be our way of marking the special day that it is: 'Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.'


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 

 

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