The photo today has been picked to tie in with the Thought For The Week below

On This Day 

On September 18th 1970 American rock guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix died from an overdose

On September 18th 2014 Scottish voters rejected a referendum that would have made Scotland an independent country.

Birthdays Today

John Aldridge (Former striker for Liverpool and Ireland) is 65

Ronaldo (Former Brazilian soccer player) is 47

Taylor Dye (Country Singer) is 28

Saint For Today

Today September 18th is the Feast Day of St. Joseph of Cupertino. He is the patron of air travelers and students preparing for exams.

Significance Of Today

Today is World Water Monitoring Day. Water is an absolute essential of human life, and every form of life that we know of requires it to exist. But water is also a universal solvent, collecting all the elements of its environment including chemicals and pollution. World Water Monitoring Day was established  to create awareness about water pollution and that it is a growing problem across our world.

Interesting Quote for Today

“Sunshine all the time makes a desert.” ~Arabic proverb

Did You Know😇

Cats can jump a height of 7 times its tail length! This is approximately 8 feet high. This is possible due to the powerful back leg muscles of the cat.

Thought For The Week

‘Buried deep within each of us is a spark of greatness, a spark that can be fanned into flames of passion and achievement. That spark is not outside of you, it is born deep within you.’ ~James A. Ray

Our ancestors going back thousands and thousands of years created the first fire by rubbing together pieces of flint stones to create sparks. The ability to create fire created warmth and possibility. In the years since we know how fire can be both beneficial but also destructive. This summer alone there seemed to be forest fires all over the world and in particular we saw the devastating fires that swept through Hawaii.

The image of a spark is full of meaning and with deep spiritual symbolism. When we say we have lost our spark for life we are in a very difficult situation, there is no energy flowing in us, we feel surrounded by darkness and find no motivation to do anything.

There are so many sparks we could talk about, a spark of kindness, of love, of support, of understanding, of comfort, of light, of hope, of meaning and so much more. The Divine spark within each of us is the ignition for every other spark. This Divine spark is unique and is not outside of us. It has been born deep within us. It is special; it is always there and can help rekindle the spark of life within us.

We pray today asking God to be our spark, to be the spark that fills us with hope, that gets us restarted and the one who gives us meaning and purpose. It’s about accepting our limitations, accepting that we can’t do everything but knowing that the little things we do each day are actually the most important of all. It’s about accepting the beautiful spark that is you.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday