Dear All,

Hope the week has been as you would have wished?  And that families & friends have been in good heart.

I remain in a reflective mood still churning over those weeks in September when we were so aware of our royal family.  Last week we focused on the gratitude that so many people expressed at that time.  This week it is courage.  During the period of mourning I thought the ‘royals’ showed extraordinary courage – their determination to allow, & to manage so well, so much public exposure during a time of great personal grief must have taken great courage.  Charles must be exercising great courage as he steps up into his new role.  Above all, Queen Elizabeth must have had a deep well of courage to sustain her through the 70 years – perhaps most of all in her very early years as a young monarch & then again in the latter years when she was struggling with failing health but determined to honour the commitment to the end.  Her faith clearly underpinned it all.

Anyway, there are some reflections on Courage which we all need to different degrees in so many different circumstances.

The blessing is ‘Deep Peace’ from ‘Sacred Pathways’.  Let’s pray it for each other & for anyone struggling for courage at this time.

Deep peace of the running wave to you;

Deep peace of the flowing air to you;

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you;

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you;

Deep peace, deep peace.

Evening Prayer Zoomers:  we will be back on Sunday 23rd at 5.30pm.

With love to you all & prayer

 

 

1 Chronicles 28:20

David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.

Deuteronomy 31:6-8

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.  The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Joshua 1: 6 & 9-11

Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”  So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:  “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.”

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Psalm 31:24

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD

 

 

The Bravest Thing

Maybe the bravest thing
is opening your eyes in the
morning and placing your
two feet on the cold floor and
rising up against the gravity
of the night. maybe that’s the
brave thing from which all other
bravery flows, the brave to
seek ye first. maybe that’s the
single thing God requires of you,
the spiritual discipline that takes
all your will to muster. Swallow
down the fear, my child, and face
the dawning day for what the
surface of the world needs most
of all is bravery skipping and
you, yes you are the stone.

John Blase

 

 

Energising Wisdom

Sophia, holy Wisdom,

a life-giving energy in my spirit,

coaxes, urges, encourages me

to come into the deep recesses

where I have not yet been transformed.

She guides me inward, saying,

‘Do not fear: be of great courage;

you will find blessings for your spirit

in these dark places of your deepest self.

You will bring them up into the light

and discover they are your greatest treasures’.

Joyce Rupp

 

 

We Can Do Hard Things

Glennon Doyle, a famous author and writer, frequently uses the phrase,
“We can do hard things.”
It’s one of her many mottos in life.
As a result, this declaration, “We can do hard things,”
Has become an anthem for so many.
You can buy these words on poster prints, on greeting cards, and even on coffee mugs.

These five simple words aren’t particularly radical,
So when I stop to think about why they have caught hold for so many,
I can only assume that it is because life and faith require courage.

Vulnerability requires courage.
Relationships require courage.
Advocacy and justice require courage.
Facing our privilege requires courage.
Faith requires courage.
Even confession requires courage.

So friends, let us do hard things, 
trusting God is always there,
Cheering us on, in every courageous act.