There was lots of feedback to this photo which I shared yesterday so I repeat it again for today. Yes he is a man full of character and colour. It was a lovely moment at the ploughing championship during the week as he stood faithfully beside his horses. It was obvious that there was a lovely connection between this man and his horses

On This Day 

On September 23rd 1846 It was on this day that astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle became the first person ever to observe the planet Neptune

On September 23rd 2022 British Prime Minister Liz Truss released a mini budget containing large tax cuts. It lead to an economic crisis and her own downfall.

Birthdays Today

Bruce Springsteen (Musician and Singer) is 74

Julio Iglesias (Singer) is 80

Saint For Today

Today September 23rd is the feast of Saint Padre Pio. His original name was Francesco Forgione, also called St. Pio. He was born in 1887 and died in 1968. He is a hugely popular saint and many miracles have been talked about because of the blessings of St Padre Pio.

Significance Of Today

Today is World Rivers Day. Almost every country around the world will have at least one river flowing through it. We all know some river that flows near where we live. World Rivers Day purpose is to remind people about just how important all of the waterways around the world are to us.

Interesting Quote for Today

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” ~Germany Kent 

Did You Know😇

India owns over 200 million cows. The cow is greatly worshiped and taken care of in India. In Hinduism,  it is considered that the cow is a sacred symbol of life and therefore should be protected and revered.

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