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Thought for the Day, 19 March 2020

From our Associate Priest, Rev Lucy Ireland

This is one of my 'go to' Psalms and makes a good start if you are trying to pray:

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits -
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. (Psalm 103. 1-5, NRSV)

I like the Psalm, and even learned these verses by heart so that I can use them for prayer when sitting on a bus or out walking, because it focuses my mind on what God has done for us. Being a person naturally inclined to get anxious, it is helpful to focus on the goodness of God rather than the things I worry about. It is not a magic spell and there are things we have good reason to be concerned about but I find this helps to put things into a better perspective.

A closing prayer for the morning:

Almighty and everlasting Father,
We thank you that you have brought us safely
to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger; order us in all our doings; and guide us to do what is always right in your eyes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A closing prayer for the evening:

Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray;
and in your mercy defend us
from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of your only son,
our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
When this is over,
May we never again
take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine check up
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.

When this ends,
May we find
That we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way - better
for each other
because of the worst.

(Laura Kelly Fanucci)



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