Our photo was taken yesterday near Beaufort. This huge flock of sheep were very content in beautiful sunshine. The photo links in with our Thought for the Week below

On This Day 

On May 2nd 2011 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI’s most wanted man, is killed by US special forces in Pakistan

On May 2nd 2016 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds

Birthday’s Today🎂

David Beckham (Ex footballer) is 48

David O’Leary (Ex Arsenal and Ireland footballing legend) is 65

Jimmy White (Snooker Player) is 61

Significance Of Today

Today is World Asthma Day. Millions of people all over the world suffer from Asthma, which means that most people know someone that suffers from it. Those who have someone with asthma in their lives are typically familiar with the sound of the inhalers that make a relatively normal day to day life possible for the ones who use them. World Asthma Day is dedicated to raising awareness.

Interesting Quote for Today

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible” ~ Francis of Assisi

Saint For Today

Saint Athanasius

Did You Know😇

Did you know that white is considered the safest colour for a car. This is because white cars typically stand out against the black roads. Statistics state that white cars are 12% less likely to get into an accident compared to black cars. 

Thought For The Week

Jesus said: ‘I am the gate of the sheepfold. Anyone who enters through me will be safe. They will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture.’ ~John 10:8-9

As we move into these early days of May there is a sense that summer has finally arrived. Out in the countryside the newborn lambs are such a lovely sight. In our scriptures the image of a shepherd looking after sheep is used many times. Sheep were important in Palestine, and they are still important today all over the world.

Here are a few simple facts about sheep. They have excellent vision and can see almost 360 degrees. They can almost see behind themselves without turning their heads. There are about one billion sheep in our world and China is the country with the most sheep with 200 million sheep. Sheep are also very intelligent with very good memories. If one of them gets sick, they will always self-medicate. They will go out to graze and look for certain plants and herbs that help them get better. Wool is the most important material that comes from sheep and lasts so much longer than cotton or silk. Lambs can walk just minutes after they are born. Clearly sheep are not dumb and know a lot more than we think.

Jesus often said that he was like a shepherd. As our shepherd he is close to us, cares for us, minds us and keeps us safe. We all need love and kindness. It is a basic human need. Spiritually we believe that Jesus is a beautiful source of love, kindness and so many more blessings. A shepherd never leaves the flock unattended. It is constant protection. We also believe that Jesus is always with us. There are times in our lives when we feel God has abandoned us or let us down. But it is at these times that God is closest to us and nearest to us. The beautiful line from psalm 23 sums it up best: ‘near restful waters God leads me to revive my drooping spirit’.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday