Since our last update work has been concentrated on the new flagged floor and completing the lighting circuits.
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DAY 25 THE WAY OF LOVE
Some words of Godfrey Rust from his poem “Welcome to the Real World”
“Love isn’t what you fall in.
It’s what pulls you out
Of what you fall in
Love isn’t a good feeling
Love is doing good
When you’re feeling bad.
I don’t know too much about love
but I know a man who does
up there on the cross
loving us to death.”
Jesus suffered a cruel death on a tree shaped to fit the human body. He suffered humiliation, pain and horror for our sakes. How do we repay him?
DAY 24 THE WAY OF LOVE
It is often hard to find the right way to go but God’s love will show us the way. He will guide us to show love to others.
St Paul wrote about love in his letter to the Corinthians. It is a reading often used at weddings and funerals, where love is so important.
“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope and patience never fail.”
Would living with these thoughts make the world a better place? Would living in this way make us better?
DAY 23 THE WAY OF PRAYER AND LOVE
Mother Teresa had much to say about prayer and love. Here are a few sayings which perhaps we would do well to think about during this season of Lent.
“God has created us to love and be loved and this is the beginning of prayer—to know that He loves me and that I have been created for greater things.”
“Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.”
“Love cannot remain by itself– it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.”
What do we do in love for others?
DAY 22 THE WAY OF PRAYER
Albrecht Durer’s painting of Praying Hands is beautiful but there is another way to pray and that is with open hands.
Henri Nouwen has written a book called “With Open Hands” and he writes much about prayer. One of the prayers is:
“Dear God, I do not know where you are leading me. I do not even know what my next day, my next week or my next year will look like. As I try to keep my hands open, I trust that you will put your hand in mine and bring me home. Thank you, God, for your love. Thank you. Amen.”
Do we fully trust that God will lead us?
DAY 21 THE WAY OF PRAYER
What can we do when faced with two or three possible courses of action and with no certainty as to which to take? The old Quakers (who knew a great deal about walking by the inner light) decided usually by the test of ‘peace’.
Go into the quiet again with God. Wait before him in utter stillness. Hold out the dilemma before the Father. Just wait!
Now—in imagination– see yourself travelling each of those possible roads in turn. Each in turn. Unhurriedly.
There may be pain in all of them but on one it is probable that the ‘peace’ will rest. As you see yourself travelling that road, whatever the cost, you will find peace in your heart. That is your path. A voice behind you says: This is the way. Walk in it. But don’t try to hurry God—he may keep you waiting.
Dr W.E. Sangster
DAY 20 THE WAY OF PRAYER
During Lent I have decided to crochet a prayer shawl. The pattern for it is called “Mighty Waves” and comes from a quotation in Psalm 93 v 4 “The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea”. Each stitch will be a prayer and hopefully the pattern of prayer will build as the pattern of the shawl builds up. If I spend half an hour a day doing it, it should grow but half an hour is a long time to find each day. Am I too busy to find time to pray? How much time does God need from us? I’ll let you know how it goes
Day 19 26th March
DAY 19 THE WAY OF PRAYER
One way to try to make the right decision is to pray. Prayer is not easy but to find a relationship with God our Father it is essential that we speak to him and most importantly listen to him. Prayer is private and does not need to be heard by anyone but God.
Jesus told us to go into a quiet room and close the door and pray privately. There are objects which can help in prayer; one is a prayer shawl used by some Christians coming from the Jewish tradition and some people use rosaries. There are many things which get in the way of prayer even if we are being quiet. One of the most frequent problems of prayer is wandering thoughts, where we find ourselves thinking of everything that is on our minds. Perhaps to solve this it means bringing all those worries to God in prayer.
is held on the last Monday of each month at 6.00 pm
THIS MONTH IT WILL BE HELD AT THE PRESBYTERY IN CHURCH LANE.
Come for a quiet moment of reflection in the peace and love of God’s presence.
Welcome for a time of silence to reflect, pray or
enjoy centring self to the calm of the moment.
People may drop in for any period of time within that hour
silently entering and leaving so as not to disturb.
Silent reflection can be carried out alone, one can eat alone but is so much more uniting when shared with others.
“ Where two or three have gathered in My name, there I am in their midst” Matthew 18:20