January can seem a long cold month but we are making headway towards spring!
We are in Christian Unity week. So we have therefore used a Unity theme but in a very general sense – the unity for which we all long – unity at a personal level through to a global level, and an ‘at-one-ness’ with our creator. We hope you find something here to suit you.
The blessing this week is the Repose Blessing from New Dawn by Margaret Rizza.
God, bless to me this day, God, bless to me this night;
Bless, O bless, thou God of Grace, each day & hour of my life.
God bless the path on which I go,
God bless the earth beneath my feet.
Bless, O God, give to me your love,
Bless, O God, my rest & my repose.
(Repeat the first two lines)
With our love & prayer
Sensing a Vast Unity
As I stand in my own small space of the planet
revelling in the power and beauty of the heavens,
I feel a great unity with all beings.
I know that somewhere there is a herdsman
in the Sahara Desert who is also gazing
at the stars of our common universe.
I know there is a lamb in New Zealand
romping in sunlight that also bathes my skin.
I know there is a woman in India
who is going to sleep under the same moon I am.
I know there is a cactus blooming in Mexico
under the same sky as mine.
I know that all of us are drinking in the wind
and living under the beauty of the heavens.
I know that all of this is a dance of oneness
amid the bounty of the skies, and I am grateful.
Pebbles of Truth
For many years in my journey of life
I have searched for a deeper meaning,
One that gives purpose and direction.
I have learned that in every experience
And in each person who comes my way,
In theologies, philosophies, psychologies,
And in every form of spirituality and prayer,
I find another pebble of truth on the path.
All lead me to discover who I am and why:
To enter into the fullness of union with you.
by Henri Nouwen
There are two sides to forgiveness: giving and receiving. Although at first sight giving seems to be harder, it often appears that we are not able to offer forgiveness to others because we have not been able fully to receive it. Only as people who have accepted forgiveness can we find the inner freedom to give it. Why is receiving forgiveness so difficult? It is very hard to say, “Without your forgiveness I am still bound to what happened between us. Only you can set me free.” That requires not only a confession that we have hurt somebody but also the humility to acknowledge our dependency on others. Only when we can receive forgiveness can we give it.
GOD OF MANY NAMES
God of many names,
revealed & hidden,
we welcome you
in our midst.
bring to our lives
the oil of justice,
the lamp of truth.
Strengthen us as we meet
in fellowship & doubt.
Guard us with your cherishing embrace.
Challenge us as we engage
in dialogue and debate,
provoking us to undermine
walls of division between us.
Remind us to listen
more than we speak;
to be open to receive
More than we can give.
Inspire us on the journey
With the vision of Christ’s passion
To bring light to the world
and glad hearts to those in mourning.
As we wait for the breath
of the spirit to fill us,
keep us ever ready to prophesy,
to see visions and to dream dreams.
As we rejoice in the tasks
which are before us,
walk beside us through our darkness
so that, in you, we will not fail.