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Listing April - 2022
 
  Saturday
Apr-30
'May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvellous love. May you have the power to understand as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep God's love really is.' ~Ephesians 3:17-18

During these last days of April our gardens have become a great source of joy. Those lucky to have a garden can get out and watch the many flowers beginning to emerge. Another observation noted by many is that during the past few weeks the birds have been singing with a great energy. Doing any form of gardening is relaxing and is a very healthy distraction.

Any gardener will be aware of the root system of plants and trees. When moving a shrub or a plant the general advice is to bring and leave as much soil with and around the roots. This is to minimise the disturbance to the plant. There are many different types of root systems. The deepest roots are generally found in deserts where the roots have to go way down to get to a water source.

The majority of roots on most plants are however found relatively close to the surface where nutrient availability and aeration are more favourable for growth. The main purpose of a root is that it anchors the plant to the earth and it also collects the water and nutrients necessary for plant growth.

It should come as no surprise that in spirituality the image of a root is often used. Everyone needs some anchor in life, something to hold us in place and something to keep us from falling over. People have tried lots of different things to keep us anchored. But there is nothing more effective or more important than a belief in a loving God, who is a constant anchor.

Just as a plant needs water and nutrients, we also need spiritual sustenance on our daily journey. Again God is the one who can provide the spiritual energy and sustenance to keep us going through all the ups and downs on our daily journey through life.

For most of the time we cannot see a root system. God's love can sometimes seem hidden especially in the uncertainty of our current pandemic crisis. But we are invited today to begin to understand how important, personal and deep God's love is for us. As part of a vital root system we are all included. We thank God this weekend for being there for us, for being our anchor and for holding us safely through everything.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-29
Earth Day was celebrated last Friday April 22nd. It is about doing things to help protect our planet earth, to keep it clean and healthy. The cynic might say why bother, the optimist says every little helps. It's the simple things that we can all do, that make the biggest difference.

If we don't do the small things who else will. We owe it to the generations coming after us. It also our Christian call and duty to do something that will make a difference. Pope Francis also encourages us to do so and has written extensively on the topic.

I have put together a short video to mark Earth Day and it is called 'Earth Day - Simple Things You Can Do' https://youtu.be/dEkRE9d_E6g The following prayer by Carmel McCarthy is also appropriate:

A prayer by Carmel McCarthy

Almighty God of creation and eternity, within your providence we live and move and have our being. Open our eyes to see your beauty in all the details of our environment. Lift our hearts to you in gratitude for the luminosity of the stars, for spiders and sparrows. We thank you for the sun and moon which regulate our times and seasons. We thank you for each and every person who has enriched us on life's journey. Most of all we thank you for your word made flesh, and for your spirit of love and life, God, forever and eternity, Amen.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-28
Earth Day was celebrated last Friday April 22nd. It is about doing things to help protect our planet earth, to keep it clean and healthy. The cynic might say why bother, the optimist says every little helps. It's the simple things that we can all do, that make the biggest difference.

If we don't do the small things who else will. We owe it to the generations coming after us. It also our Christian call and duty to do something that will make a difference. Pope Francis also encourages us to do so and has written extensively on the topic.

I have put together a short video to mark Earth Day and it is called 'Earth Day - Simple Things You Can Do' https://youtu.be/dEkRE9d_E6g The following prayer by Carmel McCarthy is also appropriate:

A prayer by Carmel McCarthy

Almighty God of creation and eternity, within your providence we live and move and have our being. Open our eyes to see your beauty in all the details of our environment. Lift our hearts to you in gratitude for the luminosity of the stars, for spiders and sparrows. We thank you for the sun and moon which regulate our times and seasons. We thank you for each and every person who has enriched us on life's journey. Most of all we thank you for your word made flesh, and for your spirit of love and life, God, forever and eternity, Amen.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-27
Earth Day was celebrated last Friday April 22nd. It is about doing things to help protect our planet earth, to keep it clean and healthy. The cynic might say why bother, the optimist says every little helps. It's the simple things that we can all do, that make the biggest difference.

If we don't do the small things who else will. We owe it to the generations coming after us. It also our Christian call and duty to do something that will make a difference. Pope Francis also encourages us to do so and has written extensively on the topic.

I have put together a short video to mark Earth Day and it is called 'Earth Day - Simple Things You Can Do' https://youtu.be/dEkRE9d_E6g The following prayer by Carmel McCarthy is also appropriate:

A prayer by Carmel McCarthy

Almighty God of creation and eternity, within your providence we live and move and have our being. Open our eyes to see your beauty in all the details of our environment. Lift our hearts to you in gratitude for the luminosity of the stars, for spiders and sparrows. We thank you for the sun and moon which regulate our times and seasons. We thank you for each and every person who has enriched us on life's journey. Most of all we thank you for your word made flesh, and for your spirit of love and life, God, forever and eternity, Amen.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-26
Earth Day was celebrated last Friday April 22nd. It is about doing things to help protect our planet earth, to keep it clean and healthy. The cynic might say why bother, the optimist says every little helps. It's the simple things that we can all do, that make the biggest difference.

If we don't do the small things who else will. We owe it to the generations coming after us. It also our Christian call and duty to do something that will make a difference. Pope Francis also encourages us to do so and has written extensively on the topic.

I have put together a short video to mark Earth Day and it is called 'Earth Day - Simple Things You Can Do' https://youtu.be/dEkRE9d_E6g The following prayer by Carmel McCarthy is also appropriate:

A prayer by Carmel McCarthy

Almighty God of creation and eternity, within your providence we live and move and have our being. Open our eyes to see your beauty in all the details of our environment. Lift our hearts to you in gratitude for the luminosity of the stars, for spiders and sparrows. We thank you for the sun and moon which regulate our times and seasons. We thank you for each and every person who has enriched us on life's journey. Most of all we thank you for your word made flesh, and for your spirit of love and life, God, forever and eternity, Amen.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-25
Earth Day was celebrated last Friday April 22nd. It is about doing things to help protect our planet earth, to keep it clean and healthy. The cynic might say why bother, the optimist says every little helps. It's the simple things that we can all do, that make the biggest difference.

If we don't do the small things who else will. We owe it to the generations coming after us. It also our Christian call and duty to do something that will make a difference. Pope Francis also encourages us to do so and has written extensively on the topic.

I have put together a short video to mark Earth Day and it is called 'Earth Day - Simple Things You Can Do' https://youtu.be/dEkRE9d_E6g The following prayer by Carmel McCarthy is also appropriate:

A prayer by Carmel McCarthy

Almighty God of creation and eternity, within your providence we live and move and have our being. Open our eyes to see your beauty in all the details of our environment. Lift our hearts to you in gratitude for the luminosity of the stars, for spiders and sparrows. We thank you for the sun and moon which regulate our times and seasons. We thank you for each and every person who has enriched us on life's journey. Most of all we thank you for your word made flesh, and for your spirit of love and life, God, forever and eternity, Amen.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-24
Earth Day was celebrated on Friday April 22nd. It is about doing things to help protect our planet earth, to keep it clean and healthy. The cynic might say why bother, the optimist says every little helps. It's the simple things that we can all do, that make the biggest difference.

If we don't do the small things who else will. We owe it to the generations coming after us. It also our Christian call and duty to do something that will make a difference. Pope Francis also encourages us to do so and has written extensively on the topic.

I have put together a short video to mark Earth Day and it is called 'Earth Day - Simple Things You Can Do' https://youtu.be/dEkRE9d_E6g The following prayer by Carmel McCarthy is also appropriate:

A prayer by Carmel McCarthy

Almighty God of creation and eternity, within your providence we live and move and have our being. Open our eyes to see your beauty in all the details of our environment. Lift our hearts to you in gratitude for the luminosity of the stars, for spiders and sparrows. We thank you for the sun and moon which regulate our times and seasons. We thank you for each and every person who has enriched us on life's journey. Most of all we thank you for your word made flesh, and for your spirit of love and life, God, forever and eternity, Amen.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-23
The Easter story is all about celebration. The story could have so easily ended on Good Friday. We can all connect with Good Friday. It picks up on our sadness, our pain, our challenges, our difficulties and the crosses we all have to carry in life from time to time.

As Christians we believe that our story does not end on Good Friday. There has to be something more. That is why Easter is so important to us. Easter is all about hope, new beginnings, new life and taking small steps forward in hope. It is about believing in ourselves, believing in love and kindness and being open to God's blessings in our lives.

It doesn't mean we have it all worked out and that we have all the answers. Well I most certainly don't and I am happy to search, to question, to doubt but also to find great strenth and hope in my faith. I hope your story is one of hope too today.

While out for a walk during the week I came across a fallen tree. It was blown over in a storm some years ago. But the tree did not give up. Some of the roots were still connected to the ground, and so over time the fallen tree pushed up new shoots. Over time these have grown upright over the fallen tree. This tree decided that there was the possibility of new beginnings and new life. It's upright branches are now supporting new life and new beginnings.

The remains and scars of Good Friday may still be visibly seen in our lives. But the new story evolving from the old story is what Easter is all about. Wishing you a Happy Easter and praying God's many blessings on you this Easter.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-22
The Easter story is all about celebration. The story could have so easily ended on Good Friday. We can all connect with Good Friday. It picks up on our sadness, our pain, our challenges, our difficulties and the crosses we all have to carry in life from time to time.

As Christians we believe that our story does not end on Good Friday. There has to be something more. That is why Easter is so important to us. Easter is all about hope, new beginnings, new life and taking small steps forward in hope. It is about believing in ourselves, believing in love and kindness and being open to God's blessings in our lives.

It doesn't mean we have it all worked out and that we have all the answers. Well I most certainly don't and I am happy to search, to question, to doubt but also to find great strenth and hope in my faith. I hope your story is one of hope too today.

While out for a walk during the week I came across a fallen tree. It was blown over in a storm some years ago. But the tree did not give up. Some of the roots were still connected to the ground, and so over time the fallen tree pushed up new shoots. Over time these have grown upright over the fallen tree. This tree decided that there was the possibility of new beginnings and new life. It's upright branches are now supporting new life and new beginnings.

The remains and scars of Good Friday may still be visibly seen in our lives. But the new story evolving from the old story is what Easter is all about. Wishing you a Happy Easter and praying God's many blessings on you this Easter.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-19
The Easter story is all about celebration. The story could have so easily ended on Good Friday. We can all connect with Good Friday. It picks up on our sadness, our pain, our challenges, our difficulties and the crosses we all have to carry in life from time to time.

As Christians we believe that our story does not end on Good Friday. There has to be something more. That is why Easter is so important to us. Easter is all about hope, new beginnings, new life and taking small steps forward in hope. It is about believing in ourselves, believing in love and kindness and being open to God's blessings in our lives.

It doesn't mean we have it all worked out and that we have all the answers. Well I most certainly don't and I am happy to search, to question, to doubt but also to find great strenth and hope in my faith. I hope your story is one of hope too today.

While out for a walk during the week I came across a fallen tree. It was blown over in a storm some years ago. But the tree did not give up. Some of the roots were still connected to the ground, and so over time the fallen tree pushed up new shoots. Over time these have grown upright over the fallen tree. This tree decided that there was the possibility of new beginnings and new life. It's upright branches are now supporting new life and new beginnings.

The remains and scars of Good Friday may still be visibly seen in our lives. But the new story evolving from the old story is what Easter is all about. Wishing you a Happy Easter and praying God's many blessings on you this Easter.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-18
Today Easter Sunday is a day to celebrate. The story could have so easily ended on Good Friday. We can all connect with Good Friday. It picks up on our sadness, our pain, our challenges, our difficulties and the crosses we all have to carry in life from time to time.

As Christians we believe that our story does not end on Good Friday. There has to be something more. That is why today is the most important day for us believers. Easter is all about hope, new beginnings, new life and taking small steps forward in hope. It is about believing in ourselves, believing in love and kindness and being open to God's blessings in our lives.

It doesn't mean we have it all worked out and that we have all the answers. Well I most certainly don't and I am happy to search, to question, to doubt but also to find great strenth and hope in my faith. I hope your story is one of hope too today.

While out for a walk during the week I came across a fallen tree. It was blown over in a storm some years ago. But the tree did not give up. Some of the roots were still connected to the ground, and so over time the fallen tree pushed up new shoots. Over time these have grown upright over the fallen tree. This tree decided that there was the possibility of new beginnings and new life. It's upright branches are now supporting new life and new beginnings.

The remains and scars of Good Friday may still be visibly seen in our lives. But the new story evolving from the old story is what Easter is all about. Wishing you a Happy Easter and praying God's many blessings on you this Easter.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-16
Today Holy Saturday is a day of waiting. It is sometimes called the in between day. The awfulness of Good Friday and the Hope of Easter go side by side. The story could have just ended on Good Friday but thankfully we can celebrate Easter Sunday. The awfulness becomes hope.

The story of Good Friday is very much our story. It picks up on our sadness, our pain, our challenges, our difficulties and the crosses we all have to carry in life from time to time. As Christians we believe that our story does not end on Good Friday. There has to be something more. Easter is all about hope, new beginnings, new life and taking small steps forward in hope. It is about believing in ourselves, believing in love and kindness and being open to God's blessings in our lives.

While out for a walk during the week I came across a fallen tree. It was blown over in a storm some years ago. But the tree did not give up. Some of the roots were still connected to the ground, and so over time the fallen tree pushed up new shoots. Over time these have grown upright over the fallen tree. This tree decided that there was the possibility of new beginnings and new life. It's upright branches are now supporting new life and new beginnings.

The remains and scars of Good Friday may still be visibly seen in our lives. But the new story evolving from the old story is what Easter is all about. Wishing you a Happy Easter and praying God's many blessings on you this Easter.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-15
A little story as we journey through Holy Week...

A young boy spent many hours building a little sailboat, crafting it down to the finest detail. He then took it to a nearby river to sail it. When he put it in the water it moved away from him very quickly. Though he chased it along the bank, he couldn't keep up with it. The strong wind and current carried the boat away. The heartbroken boy knew how hard he would have to work to build another sailboat.

Further down the river, a man found the little boat, took it to town and sold it to a shopkeeper. Later that day, as the boy was walking through town he noticed the boat in a store window. Entering the store, he told the owner that the boat belonged to him. It had his own little marks on it, but he couldn't prove to the shopkeeper that the boat was his. The man told him the only way he could get the boat was to buy it. The boy wanted it back so badly that he did exactly that.

As he took the boat from the hand of the shopkeeper, he looked at it and said, "Little boat, you're twice mine. I made you and I bought you." Our journey through this Holy Week is all about God's love for us, not just once or even twice but every single day all year round.

Holy Week remembers the suffering that Jesus had to go through. It is not an isolated historical story. It is still happening today. We have all seen the horrific pictures during the week from Bucha, near Kiev in Ukraine. The torture and suffering that these innocent people went through is beyond shocking. It is pure evil gone into overdrive. It is disturbingly uncomfortable even thinking about it.

The message from Holy Week is that God is with us through our suffering and difficulites too. We are not on our own. Life isn't fair at the best of times. Evil seems to have the upperhand. But Holy Week reminds us that love and in particular God's love for us will always have the upperhand.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-14
A little story as we journey through Holy Week...

A young boy spent many hours building a little sailboat, crafting it down to the finest detail. He then took it to a nearby river to sail it. When he put it in the water it moved away from him very quickly. Though he chased it along the bank, he couldn't keep up with it. The strong wind and current carried the boat away. The heartbroken boy knew how hard he would have to work to build another sailboat.

Further down the river, a man found the little boat, took it to town and sold it to a shopkeeper. Later that day, as the boy was walking through town he noticed the boat in a store window. Entering the store, he told the owner that the boat belonged to him. It had his own little marks on it, but he couldn't prove to the shopkeeper that the boat was his. The man told him the only way he could get the boat was to buy it. The boy wanted it back so badly that he did exactly that.

As he took the boat from the hand of the shopkeeper, he looked at it and said, "Little boat, you're twice mine. I made you and I bought you." Our journey through this Holy Week is all about God's love for us, not just once or even twice but every single day all year round.

Holy Week remembers the suffering that Jesus had to go through. It is not an isolated historical story. It is still happening today. We have all seen the horrific pictures during the week from Bucha, near Kiev in Ukraine. The torture and suffering that these innocent people went through is beyond shocking. It is pure evil gone into overdrive. It is disturbingly uncomfortable even thinking about it.

The message from Holy Week is that God is with us through our suffering and difficulites too. We are not on our own. Life isn't fair at the best of times. Evil seems to have the upperhand. But Holy Week reminds us that love and in particular God's love for us will always have the upperhand.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-13
A little story as we journey through Holy Week...

A young boy spent many hours building a little sailboat, crafting it down to the finest detail. He then took it to a nearby river to sail it. When he put it in the water it moved away from him very quickly. Though he chased it along the bank, he couldn't keep up with it. The strong wind and current carried the boat away. The heartbroken boy knew how hard he would have to work to build another sailboat.

Further down the river, a man found the little boat, took it to town and sold it to a shopkeeper. Later that day, as the boy was walking through town he noticed the boat in a store window. Entering the store, he told the owner that the boat belonged to him. It had his own little marks on it, but he couldn't prove to the shopkeeper that the boat was his. The man told him the only way he could get the boat was to buy it. The boy wanted it back so badly that he did exactly that.

As he took the boat from the hand of the shopkeeper, he looked at it and said, "Little boat, you're twice mine. I made you and I bought you." Our journey through this Holy Week is all about God's love for us, not just once or even twice but every single day all year round.

Holy Week remembers the suffering that Jesus had to go through. It is not an isolated historical story. It is still happening today. We have all seen the horrific pictures during the week from Bucha, near Kiev in Ukraine. The torture and suffering that these innocent people went through is beyond shocking. It is pure evil gone into overdrive. It is disturbingly uncomfortable even thinking about it.

The message from Holy Week is that God is with us through our suffering and difficulites too. We are not on our own. Life isn't fair at the best of times. Evil seems to have the upperhand. But Holy Week reminds us that love and in particular God's love for us will always have the upperhand.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-12
A little story as we begin Holy Week...

A young boy spent many hours building a little sailboat, crafting it down to the finest detail. He then took it to a nearby river to sail it. When he put it in the water it moved away from him very quickly. Though he chased it along the bank, he couldn't keep up with it. The strong wind and current carried the boat away. The heartbroken boy knew how hard he would have to work to build another sailboat.

Further down the river, a man found the little boat, took it to town and sold it to a shopkeeper. Later that day, as the boy was walking through town he noticed the boat in a store window. Entering the store, he told the owner that the boat belonged to him. It had his own little marks on it, but he couldn't prove to the shopkeeper that the boat was his. The man told him the only way he could get the boat was to buy it. The boy wanted it back so badly that he did exactly that.

As he took the boat from the hand of the shopkeeper, he looked at it and said, "Little boat, you're twice mine. I made you and I bought you." Our journey through this Holy Week is all about God's love for us, not just once or even twice but every single day all year round.

Holy Week remembers the suffering that Jesus had to go through. It is not an isolated historical story. It is still happening today. We have all seen the horrific pictures during the week from Bucha, near Kiev in Ukraine. The torture and suffering that these innocent people went through is beyond shocking. It is pure evil gone into overdrive. It is disturbingly uncomfortable even thinking about it.

The message from Holy Week is that God is with us through our suffering and difficulites too. We are not on our own. Life isn't fair at the best of times. Evil seems to have the upperhand. But Holy Week reminds us that love and in particular God's love for us will always have the upperhand.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-11
A little story as we begin Holy Week...

A young boy spent many hours building a little sailboat, crafting it down to the finest detail. He then took it to a nearby river to sail it. When he put it in the water it moved away from him very quickly. Though he chased it along the bank, he couldn't keep up with it. The strong wind and current carried the boat away. The heartbroken boy knew how hard he would have to work to build another sailboat.

Further down the river, a man found the little boat, took it to town and sold it to a shopkeeper. Later that day, as the boy was walking through town he noticed the boat in a store window. Entering the store, he told the owner that the boat belonged to him. It had his own little marks on it, but he couldn't prove to the shopkeeper that the boat was his. The man told him the only way he could get the boat was to buy it. The boy wanted it back so badly that he did exactly that.

As he took the boat from the hand of the shopkeeper, he looked at it and said, "Little boat, you're twice mine. I made you and I bought you." Our journey through this Holy Week is all about God's love for us, not just once or even twice but every single day all year round.

Holy Week remembers the suffering that Jesus had to go through. It is not an isolated historical story. It is still happening today. We have all seen the horrific pictures during the week from Bucha, near Kiev in Ukraine. The torture and suffering that these innocent people went through is beyond shocking. It is pure evil gone into overdrive. It is disturbingly uncomfortable even thinking about it.

The message from Holy Week is that God is with us through our suffering and difficulites too. We are not on our own. Life isn't fair at the best of times. Evil seems to have the upperhand. But Holy Week reminds us that love and in particular God's love for us will always have the upperhand.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-10
A little story as we begin Holy Week...

A young boy spent many hours building a little sailboat, crafting it down to the finest detail. He then took it to a nearby river to sail it. When he put it in the water it moved away from him very quickly. Though he chased it along the bank, he couldn't keep up with it. The strong wind and current carried the boat away. The heartbroken boy knew how hard he would have to work to build another sailboat.

Further down the river, a man found the little boat, took it to town and sold it to a shopkeeper. Later that day, as the boy was walking through town he noticed the boat in a store window. Entering the store, he told the owner that the boat belonged to him. It had his own little marks on it, but he couldn't prove to the shopkeeper that the boat was his. The man told him the only way he could get the boat was to buy it. The boy wanted it back so badly that he did exactly that.

As he took the boat from the hand of the shopkeeper, he looked at it and said, "Little boat, you're twice mine. I made you and I bought you." Our journey through this Holy Week is all about God's love for us, not just once or even twice but every single day all year round. Holy Week remembers the suffering that Jesus had to go through. It is not an isolated historical story. It is still happening today. We have all seen the horrific pictures during the week from Bucha, near Kiev in Ukraine. The torture and suffering that these innocent people went through is beyond shocking. It is pure evil gone into overdrive. It is disturbingly uncomfortable even thinking about it.

The message from Holy Week is that God is with us through our suffering and difficulites too. We are not on our own. Life isn't fair at the best of times. Evil seems to have the upperhand. But Holy Week reminds us that love and in particular God's love for us will always have the upperhand.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-09
Thought For The Week

'One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.' ~Dale Carnegie

A young man went to a Rabbi and asked, "How can I love God with my whole heart, since I see that there are bad parts in my heart too." The Rabbi replied, "Well it seems you will have to love God with the bad parts too!"

We are often our own worst critics. We put ourselves down easy. We seldom give ourselves enough credit for all the roses blooming in our own lives. We tend to see the bad parts first and we almost magnify them. We allow them to choke out the roses. It's time to throw away the magnifying glass as we head towards Holy Week. Yes we all have faults, weaknesses and limitations but we don't have to magnify them.

 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-08
Thought For The Week

'One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.' ~Dale Carnegie

A young man went to a Rabbi and asked, "How can I love God with my whole heart, since I see that there are bad parts in my heart too." The Rabbi replied, "Well it seems you will have to love God with the bad parts too!"

We are often our own worst critics. We put ourselves down easy. We seldom give ourselves enough credit for all the roses blooming in our own lives. We tend to see the bad parts first and we almost magnify them. We allow them to choke out the roses. It's time to throw away the magnifying glass as we head towards Holy Week. Yes we all have faults, weaknesses and limitations but we don't have to magnify them.

 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-07
Thought For The Week

'One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.' ~Dale Carnegie

A young man went to a Rabbi and asked, "How can I love God with my whole heart, since I see that there are bad parts in my heart too." The Rabbi replied, "Well it seems you will have to love God with the bad parts too!"

We are often our own worst critics. We put ourselves down easy. We seldom give ourselves enough credit for all the roses blooming in our own lives. We tend to see the bad parts first and we almost magnify them. We allow them to choke out the roses. It's time to throw away the magnifying glass as we head towards Holy Week. Yes we all have faults, weaknesses and limitations but we don't have to magnify them.

 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-06
Thought For The Week

'One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.' ~Dale Carnegie

A young man went to a Rabbi and asked, "How can I love God with my whole heart, since I see that there are bad parts in my heart too." The Rabbi replied, "Well it seems you will have to love God with the bad parts too!"

We are often our own worst critics. We put ourselves down easy. We seldom give ourselves enough credit for all the roses blooming in our own lives. We tend to see the bad parts first and we almost magnify them. We allow them to choke out the roses. It's time to throw away the magnifying glass as we head towards Holy Week. Yes we all have faults, weaknesses and limitations but we don't have to magnify them.

 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-05
Thought For The Week

'One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.' ~Dale Carnegie

A young man went to a Rabbi and asked, "How can I love God with my whole heart, since I see that there are bad parts in my heart too." The Rabbi replied, "Well it seems you will have to love God with the bad parts too!"

We are often our own worst critics. We put ourselves down easy. We seldom give ourselves enough credit for all the roses blooming in our own lives. We tend to see the bad parts first and we almost magnify them. We allow them to choke out the roses. It's time to throw away the magnifying glass as we head towards Holy Week. Yes we all have faults, weaknesses and limitations but we don't have to magnify them.

 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-04
Thought For The Week

'One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.' ~Dale Carnegie

A young man went to a Rabbi and asked, "How can I love God with my whole heart, since I see that there are bad parts in my heart too." The Rabbi replied, "Well it seems you will have to love God with the bad parts too!"

We are often our own worst critics. We put ourselves down easy. We seldom give ourselves enough credit for all the roses blooming in our own lives. We tend to see the bad parts first and we almost magnify them. We allow them to choke out the roses. It's time to throw away the magnifying glass as we head towards Holy Week. Yes we all have faults, weaknesses and limitations but we don't have to magnify them.

 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-03
Yesterday April 2nd was 'Climb With Charlie Day'. Charlie Bird is a very well known broadcaster and has given his lifetime as a journalist, sharing so many breaking stories with us over the years. Very sadly Charlie has been diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease and his life has been changed radically and dramatically. In recent months Charlie has been determined to continue to do his best and to turn the massive challenges he is facing into something positive.

It was from this spirit of optimism that the 'Climb With Charlie' came to be. So many people across Ireland supported Charlie by climbing their local hill or mountain yesterday. It is raising money for two great charities The Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association and Pieta House. You can still donate on the website where all the information is www.climbwithcharlie.ie
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-02
Today April 2nd is 'Climb With Charlie Day'. Charlie Bird is a very well known broadcaster and has given his lifetime as a journalist, sharing so many breaking stories with us over the years. Very sadly Charlie has been diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease and his life has been changed radically and dramatically. In recent months Charlie has been determined to continue to do his best and to turn the massive challenges he is facing into something positive.

It was from this spirit of optimism that the 'Climb With Charlie' came to be. So many people across Ireland will be supporting Charlie by doing a hill or mountain climb today. It is raising money for two great charities The Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association and Pieta House. Even if you can't climb a hill or mountain why not do a walk in your local park or wood? The website where all the information is www.climbwithcharlie.ie

Spiritually mountains have always featured. They are symbolic of all that is difficult and challenging in our lives. Everybody has some challenge or difficulty in their lives. Charlie Bird is going to light a candle in the small chapel on top of Croagh Patrick. He has picked the words friendship and solidarity and the candle will rest on these words. How appropriate these words are. We all need the hand of friendship to get us through those difficult and challenging moments in our lives. We also need solidarity and to know we are not on our own. Whatever our challenge may be, there will always be people to walk with us and hold the light for us.

I wish Charlie and all who are supporting him the very best today. I also pray God's blessings on anyone who is experiencing any mountain or difficult challenge in their lives right now. I pray especially for the blessing of healing.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-01
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good.

That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us?

Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.
 
 

 

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