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They are a regular visitor to our gardens and always stand out with their beautiful colours

On This Day

On January 12th 2010 an Earthquake devastates Haiti killing approximately 160,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince

On Jan 12th 2015 The COP 21 climate change summit in Paris reaches a deal between 195 countries to limit the rise in the global average temperature to less than 2 Degrees C above pre-industrial levels

On Jan 12th 2019 the British General Election was won by Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party with a landslide win, with an 80 seat majority.

Birthdays Today

Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder) is 59
Zayn (British Singer) is 30

Saint For Today

Saint Benedict Biscop. He was based mainly in England and specialised in building churches with stone thanks to the help of gifted French masons

Significance Of Today

It is not just for today but the whole month of January and it is called International Brainteaser Month

Everyone loves a good riddle. Brain teasers are an excellent way to keep our minds sharp and focused. Many teachers have their students practice them in class, but have you done many as an adult? There are plenty of great puzzles out there to challenge every level of thinking. For daily teasers, there are several mobile apps that offer daily reminders and challenges.

Interesting Quote For Today

“I’m no longer religious, but the Bible fascinates me. Hardly anyone reads it anymore, but it’s got everything: it’s a book of poetry, it’s a book of principle, it’s a book of stories, and of myths and of epic tales, a book of histories and a book of fictions, of riddles, fables, parables and allegories.” ~ Tara Westover

Did You Know

Did you know that a snail has four noses!!!!

Thought For The Week

You are a child of God, you are wonderfully made, dearly loved and precious in God’s sight” ~Psalm 139

Yesterday we celebrated the Baptism of Jesus. It is always in early January just after Christmas and its meaning is often lost as we adjust our lives back into routine again. January can be a quiet month especially when we compare it to the hectic energy of December. January may be quiet, but it invites us to new beginnings no matter how small. This is at the heart of any baptism.

No one is in doubt about how special any baptism is but over time it has evolved into a once off event. Once the box of baptism is ticked it seems to have no relevance or meaning for anybody. But the effects of our baptism last a lifetime. Our baptism is lived out each day.

It reminds me of the work of an artist and how any painting is like a baptism. An artist patiently takes their time to create their masterpiece. They will use lots of brushes varying in size, but it is the smallest ones that always bring out the finer details.

It is the same in life. Big sweeping changes in life are rare. God always invites us to work with the smallest of brushes. All the small bits and pieces add up to something special. Our baptism is also similar. It is lived out each day. Like an artist working with a small brush, it is the small brushes that bring out the best of the painting. Our baptism brings out the best in each of us. They all add up to something special and of course that special is you.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday