Dear All,

I hope it has been a good week for you as we move very fast through October.  I have continued to be thoughtful about all that went with Queen Elizabeth’s death.  One of the things that struck me was how many of those who queued to get into Westminster Hall said that they came to say ‘thank you’.  This has led me to focus this week on gratitude.  It coincided with someone saying to me that as one gets towards one’s later years several things become no longer possible, but that it helps if we see it as a time of gratitude for what has been possible rather than wishing for what is not possible.  It makes ‘letting go’ much easier.

Anyway, I hope you find something here that fits where you are with gratitude at the present.

As we pray our blessing let’s extend it to all those for whom we are grateful.  It is ‘Deep Peace’ – a Gaelic blessing from Sacred Pathways.

Info for those who join us for Evening Prayer zooms either regularly or from time to time: we will not be ‘zooming’ from Sunday 16th October, resuming on Sunday 23rd October.

Hoping you have a good week & with love

 

 

Gratitude

Gratefulness offers a merciful path for walking through life with our eyes and hearts wide open. It supports us to attend to the potency of what is life-affirming, beautiful, and moving in our exact moments of broken-heartedness. It invites us to sit with paradox in more fully noticing the magnificence of humanity as we face the mire.

Kristi Nelson

 

 

From Seven Sacred Pauses 

Often, as we come in sight of the end of our day, the things that must yet be done form a circle around us & vie for our attention.  We long for the rooms of our hearts to be at rest, but find instead anxious or even petulant hearts.  We are, however, in charge of our attitudes.  We have the power to transform fretful hearts into grateful hearts.  Gratitude is one of the themes of the Vespers hour.  If we search out reasons to be grateful, we may be amazed to discover that our gratitude room is overflowing.  This honoured guest is a healing companion, always available to us.  Gratitude is like incense.  It ascends & flows out as a sweet fragrance to everyone.  A heart filled with gratitude is a heart filled with the incense of prayer.  We leave what is unfinished in Eternal hands.

Macrina Wiederkehr

 

 

~Colossians 3: 15-17 Paraphrase

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives – words, actions, whatever – be done in the name of our Teacher, Jesus, thanking God every step of the way.