This flower is called The Mahonia. It is simply delightful at this time of year with its stunning yellow flowers. If you get a short window of a few hours of sunshine for this time of year, you will see and hear the bees buzzing around its flowers

On This Day

On November 7th 1492  The famous Ensisheim stony meteorite fell into a wheat field outside the walled town of Ensisheim, France.  The meteorite can still be seen in Ensisheim’s museum and is the oldest European meteorite fall on record.

On November 7th 2000 Hilary Clinton made history on her election to the US Senate, by becoming the first lady to win elective office.

On November 7th 2016 the Canadian musician Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82

Birthdays Today

Lorde (Singer) is 27

Liam O Maonlai (Member of Hothouse Flowers Band) is 59

Saint For Today

Saint Willibrord is the Saint for November 7th. He grew up in England and became a priest and a missionary. He was sent to the Netherlands, a land that was then called Frisia

Significance of Today

Yesterday was Numbers Confidence Day and is part of a week long focus on putting a positive spin on maths. Not everyone is confident in their ability to use numbers in everyday life. Numbers Confidence Day is about regaining some confidence in our ability to use numbers. We tend to downplay Maths and say we are no good. But we are much better than we think we are.

Quote For Today

“Impossible is just an opinion.” ~Paulo Coelho

Did You Know

Did you know that nearly 70 percent of Earth’s freshwater is stored in the coldest spots on the globe: in glaciers and icecaps.

Video for the week🎥  (Updated every Wednesday🎥)

Tomorrow’s video which will be posted here is called ‘Every beam of light is important’

Thought For The Week

“The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not something added to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith.” ~John S. Whale

A question that’s often asked is – what happens to our loved ones when they die? We know a lot more than we may realise. A fascinating book by the late Colm Keane is called ‘Heading For The Light’. The book was five years in the making which included 100 interviews with people who temporarily died. Their lives briefly ended following cardiac arrests, traffic accidents, complications during childbirth and other factors.

In all cases they returned to life with extraordinary consistent accounts of what took place. Their stories conform to a common pattern. At the moment of death the soul/spirit departs the body. There is no fear, just a great sense of peace. They are looking back down where their body lies, sometimes surrounded by doctors, emergency services or family. Then the soul/spirit travels along a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a warm beautiful bright light. The soul/spirit is drawn towards this light. This journey towards the light has been described as relaxing, restful, wondrous, beautiful, comforting, pure joy, a glorious warmth, great serenity and total happiness.

So it is up to each of us to decide. You may believe that this is what happens when we die or perhaps not. I have done a lot of reading around the topic and all come up with the same conclusion, that the moment of death is simply a transition or a stepping stone or a bridge from one world to the next. I have been with many people down through the years at their final moment of transition. If I had to pick one word that would sum up this moment, the word would be peace or peacefully.

It is also our heartfelt belief that they are now at peace and in eternal light and love. During these days of November we remember with love our own nearest and dearest who have died. We miss them in lots of different ways and trying to put this into words is never easy. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday