We looked at the scripture readings chosen for tomorrow & they spoke for themselves – all three – they have much in common in terms of theme & we hope you find reflection on them life-giving. Also included is a prayer ‘Holy Leisure’ which seemed to fit well. There is ‘A Summer Psalm for the End of the Day’ & as usual a sung blessing. May your day be full of blessings!
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labour on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j] 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
I confess to you, dear God, that holy leisure is far from me.
I have a minute of empty space & I rush to fill it.
I act, I do, I talk.
Why can’t I simply be still?
You need to know, my child, that I will not compete for your attention.
If you choose to be distracted, I will not force myself on you.
O Lord, it frightens me that I could crowd you out of my life.
Plant in me a longing for stillness.
Create in me a hunger for open, empty space.
As you wish……..
A Summer Psalm for the End of the Day
O beloved friend & Earth Designer,
This day’s light is seeping away,
And dark night crouches
Beneath the amber horizon.
I am weary from the work of this warm day,
But not so weary that I can forget
This day’s rich harvest of gifts.
I lift my heart to you,
Singing a sunset song of gratitude.
I praise you for the blessings that fill my life,
For the gifts I can recall
And for treasures I take for granted.
Gently refresh me now
With your evergreen pardon
For my failure to drink deeply of your love,
Hidden cleverly in each gift
That has come my way today.
Forgive my rushing past
The countless visions of you, unique to this day,
Held so tenderly in the beauty of your love.
Forgive my absent-mindedness, the deafness of my ears,
My senses blinded by my busyness today.
Blessed are you, Holy Parent,
Who will soon wrap me in sleep
And cradle me in the womb of your peace.