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Archive for February, 2011

‘Lent’2011

‘Frail children’
The theme for this year’s ‘thought of the day’ during Lent arises from recent experiences in human relationships.
We frequently live in a blame culture today. This can easily turn us into very critical and anger- oriented people, leading to even greater destructiveness distrust disharmony and a lack of ‘togetherness’ both in smaller fellowships and groups to which we belong in society as a whole.
However, when we look at our lives carefully, we soon discover that there are traits in the lives of all of us that are faulty, that can make others angry and critical too. We are all affected by our history as individuals by our upbringing and our environment to act in the way that we do.
All of us need to look at our own prejudices and shortcomings. We all need to seek forgiveness for the wrong attitudes that we’ve had towards others, and acknowledge that we are all victims of human frailty. As an old hymn says we are all Frail Children of dust.’
During the season of Lent this year, I would like to work out some of the deeper implications of what this means spiritually because it is only as we face up to some of the weaker areas of our personalities that we can truly improve the quality of our lives. Various passages of Scripture, prayers, hymns and thoughts about daily life will be explored during this season of Lent, and I would like to invite you to share in this time with me.
David
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February letter

February letter 2011.

Dear everyone,

For me this month marks the celebration of another birthday. The older we are the quicker they come, and the slower we tend to do things!

We forget however that there is a transition taking place all the way through our lives. Although there is always a side to us that remains active there is a changeover taking place from ‘doing’ to being’. It is important that we keep the right balance.

I would like to share a prayer with you by Beverly Ramsden and Patrick Rigg*which has helped me to put this sense of ‘doing’ and ‘being’ into perspective.

“All that I am now, all that I ever shall be, is all yours, O God.

All that has made me, the past that has moulded me, is all yours, O God.

All I am now, held in your sustaining hands, is all yours, O God.

All that I shall be, whatever your future holds, is all yours, O God.

All that I am now, all that I ever shall be is all yours. Amen “May we all find the strength that we need to do God’s will in these difficult days, and simply be what God wants us to be.

Every blessing, David

*Methodist Prayer book 2010/11

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