Our photo is of a beautiful Guide Dog. Today is International Guide Dog Day. More info below (Photo is by Amy Gillard from Pixabay)

On This Day 

On April 26th 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe took place. It occurred in the morning when an explosion and fire at the nuclear plant in Ukraine releasing large amounts of radioactive material into the atmosphere.

Birthday’s Today🎂

Melania Trump (Former US First Lady) is 53

Bronagh Gallagher (Actress and Singer) is 51

Significance Of Today

Today is International Guide Dog Day. This day will be appreciated by many as guide dogs do a great deal for their owners. Not only do they help guide their owners throughout the day, but they also protect them from harm, assist them with tasks, and provide consistent emotional support like no other. Guide dog trainers also work hard to help these loyal partners to hone these skills.

These dogs are seen by many as a joy that makes the world a better place for their owners and their families. And International Guide Dog Day aims to help others show appreciation for the hard work they do

Interesting Quote for Today

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” ~Josh Billings

Saint For Today

Saint Cletus who was a Roman, but probably of Athenian origin. He was the third Pope, reigning from about 80 to 92. He built a small shrine over the tomb of St Peter on the Vatican hill, and was himself buried close to the first Pope. The Colosseum in Rome was inaugurated during his reign.

Did You Know😇

Did you know that Guide dogs are trained to lead around obstacles, including hazards like low branches that may be above the height of the dog but not of its owner. The dogs learn to be responsible for a space two times as wide and up to three times as tall as themselves to keep their owners safe.
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Thought For The Week

‘Every day cannot be a feast of lanterns.’ ~Chinese Proverb

It has been said that our older generation deal with challenges and difficulties better than most. They have an inner resilience, a protective shield, an inner belief and a deep faith that they will come through the challenge or crisis. It is said they have something they can fall back to when the going gets tough and difficult.

Our modern world has brought many exciting developments and opportunities. There are endless things to do and endless opportunities to be seized. Life is at a fast pace but with little time to stop and reflect. Life will not always be a feast of lanterns and when life does get difficult it seems we have little to hold or sustain us. The safety net is no longer there.

There is a lovely line in Psalm 89: “In the morning fill us with your love, Give us joy to balance our affliction.” The psalms are always open and honest. There is never any hiding of emotions or difficulties. The writer uses the word affliction which means pain and suffering. Clearly life was difficult and challenging. Yet the writer of the psalm prays for balance knowing that joy, happiness and some good days would return too.

We know every day cannot be a feast of lanterns and we long for balance in our lives. We do our best to find that balance in life. We pray that we will find a healthy balance in our lives. Sometimes we must make some change for balance to happen.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday