Thought For Today
'Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.' ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson
The birthday of Mary (Sep 8th) is celebrated today. We don't know for certain when she was born but for some reason Sep 8th is the day that marks her birthday. Every birthday is worthy of celebration and even more so when it comes to Mary. As the mother of God she is hugely popular. It is estimated that her prayer, "Hail Mary" is said two billion times every day across the world. We look forward to our own birthday and that of family and friends. No one grows tired of saying Happy Birthday. Every birthday is our way of saying, "You are special, there's only one of you, we are happy that you exist." Today is our way of saying to Mary that we are happy that she has an important part to play in our lives. We invite her nurturing presence and compassionate love into all we do each day. Today is also a reminder to acknowledge those who are special to us and that we don't just do it every year on their birthday but every day till their birthday!
Thought For The Week
'There was a huge, silent, internal satisfaction when I finally began to do the things I was designed to do. The old tasks of growing food, baking bread, making jam, tending animals and interacting with the natural world in a mutually beneficial way. We were designed by thousands of years of evolution to do these jobs.' ~ Shann Jones
I am currently reading a lovely book called 'Chuckling Goat' by Shann Jones. The book is about her journey from one extreme to another. She was a DJ with a San Francisco radio station. She had her own nightly chat show, with lots of interaction and a huge following. But life on a radio chat show comes with its pressures. Ratings and how many people listen to your show is the fine line between having a job or not. After 10 years at the top, Shann's contract was not renewed. She moved from San Francisco to a small farm in Wales. Her family and friends thought she was crazy but she persisted with her move.
The book is a lovely story about nature, farm life, trying different recipes, cooking, baking, gardening, farming, milking goats, selling the milk, making natural products, drinking lots of cups of tea, making new friends and much more. She uses the word "Texture" to describe the new life she found in Wales. In San Francisco she was burnt out and empty. But in Wales she found herself and she found that all the simple things in life gave her and her family what she calls "texture" and meaning.
Our scripture readings are also a collection of how God is the one who brings texture and meaning to our lives. We are told how rich the depths of God are. Everything comes from God we are told. God is the one who energises us, gives our life meaning and brings richness and a texture to our lives. No money can buy such a richness and texture. It doesn't protect or shield us from the knocks that life can bring to us. But it does put us in a much better position to deal with them. What brings you meaning and texture in your life?
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