The Moor ~ R.S. Thomas
It was like a church to me.
I entered it on soft foot,
Breath held like a cap in the hand.
It was quiet.
What God there was made himself felt,
Not listened to, in clean colours
That brought a moistening of the eye,
In a movement of the wind over grass.
There were no prayers said. But stillness
Of the heart’s passions — that was praise
Enough; and the mind’s cession
Of its kingdom. I walked on,
Simple and poor, while the air crumbled
And broke on me generously as bread.
Dear, compassionate God, please take all these poor migrants into your kingdom, where selfishness and apathy have no place and every soul is cherished by you. Please bless their loved ones left in this life and comfort them. Amen.
PRAY FOR 5
During Thy Kingdom Come week we encourage people to pray for 5 people they know to come to faith in Jesus. Each day there will be a Reflection to help us do this. If you haven’t already, think of five friends who don’t know the love of God for them in Christ.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We expect there must be something that can separate us from the love of God. But God is saying, ‘I don’t care where you are,
what you’re doing, how far away you are: my love for you will not change.’ Sometimes we think that God’s love is dependent on the way we act. But God is saying, ‘Listen, not even the heights of this earth could separate me or stop me from loving you.’
Christianity is first a relationship with God through Jesus, not first a series of activities! The love of God is ultimately expressed in the Cross of Christ, which stands for all time as the sign and assurance of God’s unchanging love.
Loving God, thank You for Your love from which nothing can separate us, and which does not depend on our efforts. Please reveal this love and the peace it brings, in the lives of the five people I am praying for.
Think about how you can show someone that they are loved and known by God.
Prayer is like watching for the Kingfisher by Ann Lewin
Prayer is like watching for the Kingfisher
All you can do is be there where he is like to appear, and wait.
Often nothing much happens; there is space, silence and
No visible signs, only the knowledge that he’s been there
and may come again.
Seeing or not seeing cease to matter, you have been prepared.
But when you’ve almost stopped
expecting it, a flash of brightness gives encouragement.
The Other by R S Thomas
There are nights that are so still that I can hear the small owl calling far off and a fox barking miles away.
It is then that I lie in the lean hours awake listening to the swell born somewhere in the Atlantic rising and falling, rising and falling, wave on wave on the long shore by the village that is without light and companionless.
And the thought comes of that other being who is awake too, letting our prayers break on him, not like this for a few hours, but for days, years, for eternity.
Give to me the eyes of love
Give to me the eyes of love, oh Lord,
That I may cherish everything I see;
Give to me the hands of love
That you may use my feeble efforts fruitfully.
And give to me the feet of love, oh Lord,
That they may surely find the narrow way.
The secret pathway of Thine endless grace
That leads unto the foothills of Thy day.
Let me concentrate my soul on Thee
And in it make a silent sanctuary
Wherein the blessing of Thy love may stay
Amid the clamour of the passing day.
Recognise the Lord in every one you meet,
The Christ within that Jesus knew;
The love of God that follows you
And goes before.
Laundry life lessons: the empty basket
Very occasionally I empty the laundry basket – like fully empty it.
And for a brief moment I feel victorious, exhilarated, jubilant, as though I’m walking on air, as though I have put in a penny and won a pound.
It’s nice to have that momentary experience, but it doesn’t last. Because soon there will be more things to wash. In fact there probably already are – for nature abhors a vacuum, and empty washing baskets have a kind of vacuum like nature. Somewhere a sock lurks, a jumper skulks, or a crumpled teeshirt sits quietly, waiting to be deposited. But still, the feeling of emptying the basket is a good one, and it’s the memory of small things like that which help to sustain us, particularly when the going gets tough and the washing mounts up.
I am so very angry today, so I am bringing my anger here because I don't know what else to do with it.
I'm angry for R who isn't getting the justice he needs and deserves. And he is stuck far away with no way of getting home. Why have you abandoned him, eh? Why aren't you answering all the prayers?
Please DO something! Something wonderful and miraculous that only you can do. Please God - this is desperate!
Another week begins, dear God,
and we pray for those returning
to places of work, that they might
feel safe, secure and find fulfilment
within this familiar environment.
But we also remember all those
whose businesses are struggling,
employees laid off or worrying
about what tomorrow might bring,
and the many desperate for work.
May we, as a society, do all we can
to help those who are unable,
for so many reasons, to support
themselves or family at this time,
and become the compassionate,
caring, sharing world that you desire.
©John Birch, faithandworship.com
God of Love & Hope
God is always there for us. In all the terribleness of this corona pandemic God is always there for us, surrounding us with his love & comfort & giving us Hope.
God can be seen in the wonderful spring sunshine that we have had - in the flowers, blossoming trees &. the birds’ songs which fill the silence of the early morning.
God is seen in the smiles from the strangers which we pass on our daily walks & in the short conversations we have with neighbours & friends (keeping the regulatory 2mtrs apart)!
God is there in the voice of a friend on the end of the telephone - the call that comes when you are desperate to hear another human voice!
God is there in the kind actions of neighbours & friends offering help with shopping etc. in these strange times.
God is there with all the NHS staff tending & healing the sick. He is there with the Governments of the world to guide them to make the right decisions for the good of mankind.
God will be there for all of us when this is all over.
Perhaps, God has given us this time to appreciate his wonderful world & all the people in it. In the future, let’s go on loving God, his world & everything in it. Let’s always go on being kind to one another.
God is our Hope! Let’s all put all our trust & faith in him.
Better days will come!
God & Hope are everything!
Ref:- Thessalonians 1 5: 11
Therefore encourage one another & build each other up.
He leads me beside still waters...
Extract from A crowd sourced Lockdown Twittany
God snuck home.
No longer bound by the expectations of a ‘consecrated’ building
She’s concentrated her efforts on breaking out.
Now in the comfort of a well worn dining table
she shares some bread, with some friends.
And she laughs.
And she weeps.
In the sacred space of home.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.