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20 October 2020Just a thought

Bless to us, O God, 

the earth beneath our feet. 

Bless to us , O God, 

the path whereon we tread. 

Bless to us, O God, 

the people whom we meet. 

 - Celtic Blessing.

19 October 2020Just a thought

The harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness, and self-control. 

 - Galatians 5:22-23; REB.

17 October 2020Just a thought...

Comic Wisdom: When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me. 

— Erma Bombeck, American humourist

16 October 2020Just a thought

A wise old owl sat in an oak. 

The more he heard, the less he spoke; 

The less he spoke, the more he heard. 

Why aren't we all like that wise old bird? 

— quoted by Rochelle Melander in A Generous Presence

15 October 2020Just a thought

To aim for the highest point is not the only way to climb a mountain.” 
― Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain

14 October 2020Just a thought

All the persons of faith I know are sinners, doubters, uneven performers. We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves but because we trust that God is sure of us. 

 - Eugene H. Peterson

13 October 2020Just a thought

Gathering God, 

draw us out beyond our cramped circles of care.  Draw us toward the neighbour, the other, the outsider, the hurting one.  May we practise compassion.  Amen. 

― Walter Brueggemann, A Way other than Our Own.

12 October 2020Just a thought

Look deep into my heart, God, and find out everything I am thinking. 

Don’t let me follow evil ways, but lead me in the way that time has proven true 

Psalm 139: 23-24 (CEV) 

10 October 2020Just a thought...

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tyre? 

 - Corrie Ten Boom 

09 October 2020Just a thought

Love: a profound thought from a child: 

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen. 

 - Bobby, age 7.

08 October 2020Just a thought

The Cross: 

A Buddhist who has been engaged in Christian-Buddhist for many years, once said that the cross is a perfect spiritual symbol because it is like the letter "I" crossed out.  Seeing the truth about ourselves, accepting ourselves, and letting go of ourselves are so central to our spiritual path.  It is in this accepting and letting go of self that we discover loving kindness and compassion, and the doorway to freedom 

— Ajahn Amaro, Transforming Suffering

07 October 2020Just a thought

Growing Old: 

Each night, as I prepare for bed, I put drops in my eyes to fend off the threat of glaucoma that would rob me of my sight and take from me the pleasure of reading.  Each morning at breakfast, I take a pill to control my blood pressure, and each evening at dinner I take another to lower my cholesterol level.  But instead of lamenting the ailments that come with growing older, instead of wishing I were as young and fit as I once was, I take my medicine with a prayer of thanks that modern science has found ways to help me cope with those ailments.  I think of all my ancestors who didn't live long enough to develop the complications of old age, and did not have pills to take when they did. 

— Harold S. Kushner, The Lord Is My Shepherd 

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