AUGUST IS THE M…

English: Little boats on the Thames Having sai...

Little boats on the Thames  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

AUGUST IS THE MONTH

“Dark brown is the river,
Golden is the sand.
It flows along for ever,
With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,
Castles of the foam,
Boats of mine a-boating –
Where will all come home?”

From ‘Where Go The Boats?’ by Robert Louis Stevenson

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THERE ARE PEOPL…

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THERE ARE PEOPLE FALLING DOWN

“But if people had that deep respect for the dignity of poor people, I am sure it would be easy for them to come closer to them, and to see that they, too, are the children of God, and that they have as much right to the things of life and of love and of service as anybody else. In these times of development, everybody is in a hurry and everybody’s in a rush, and on the way there are people falling down who are not able to compete. These are the ones we want to love and serve and take care of.”

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

A PRAYER FOR HE…

English: Lords Prayer in Aramaic(Syriac)

Lords Prayer in Aramaic(Syriac) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A PRAYER FOR HEALING

“Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy. May your healing hand rest upon me. May your lifegiving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in your Kingdom. Amen.”
– Catholic Online

NOISILY WE LIVE

Moorhen

Moorhen (Photo credit: Sergey Yeliseev)

on the lawns

ice tinkling

Pimms jugs crackling;

in the sky

an airplane drones, then another –

in between, placidity:

on the water

a moorhen’s cry;

this pond, thickly green

like jelly under a crust of glass

a bird’s flight slices through it;

on the courts

the thud of tennis balls

then a triumphant male shout;

from the earth

the summer heat rising –

Life’s noises reprising

day in and out.

©Millicent Danker

16 July 2013

REFLECTIONS ON …

Albrecht Dürer, Study of Praying Hands, 1508

Albrecht Dürer, Study of Praying Hands, 1508 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

REFLECTIONS ON GRATITUDE

“Then Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks to God and passed them out to the people.” (John 6:11)

“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)

“Don’t be weary in prayer, keep at it. Watch for God’s answers and remember to be thankful when they come.” (Colossians 4:2)

“Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.'” (John: 11:41)

“Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and forever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.” (Psalm 79:13)

“And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at evensong.” (1 Chronicles 23:30)

“We are praying that you will be … always thankful to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the kingdom of light.” (Paul writing to the church – Colossians 1: 11,12)

“Thank the Lord for all the glorious things he does; proclaim them to the nations.” (Psalm 105:1)

“The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice to give praise and thanks to the Lord.” (II Chronicles 5:13)

“Always give thanks to our God and father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

“I will give you thanks in the great assembly: among throngs of people I will praise you.” (Psalm 26:18)

“Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done.” (Colossians 2:7)

15 July 2013

LOVING YOU

English: Cottage Garden with Summer Flowers Co...

 Cottage Garden with Summer Flowers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank you O my God for colours

Thank you for the eyes that see them

For the hands that can make them

For the breeze that touches my ears that feel

For the light which removes the shadows from my heart

For the heat of your sun radiating my face

For the energy of my walk

And for the quiet moments.

© Millicent Danker

6 July 2013

Living the Mome…

Living the Moment to the Fullest

“Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.”
– Henri Nouwen, Dutch Catholic priest, 1932-1996

Patience

Patience (Photo credit: AngSocialMed)

IN THE VALLEY O…

IN THE VALLEY OF THE ELWY

“I REMEMBER a house where all were good
To me, God knows, deserving no such thing:
Comforting smell breathed at very entering,
Fetched fresh, as I suppose, off some sweet wood.
That cordial air made those kind people a hood
All over, as a bevy of eggs the mothering wing
Will, or mild nights the new morsels of spring:
Why, it seemed of course; seemed of right it should.

Lovely the woods, waters, meadows, combes, vales,
All the air things wear that build this world of Wales;
Only the inmate does not correspond:
God, lover of souls, swaying considerate scales,
Complete thy creature dear O where it fails,
Being mighty a master, being a father and fond.”

– Gerald Manley Hopkins, 1844-1889

Gerard Manley Hopkins, (poet in bronze), 2005....

Gerard Manley Hopkins, (poet in bronze), 2005. Slightly larger than life-size. Regis University, Denver, Colorado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MORNING PRAYER…

Glasgow University Cloister

Glasgow University Cloister (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MORNING PRAYER
“All through today O God, help me to be –
Quick to praise and slow to criticize
quick to forgive and slow to condemn
quick to share and slow to refuse to give.

Grant me all through today –
Complete control over my temper
that I may be slow to anger;
Complete control over my tongue
that I may speak no hasty word.

So grant that all through today I may help everyone and hurt no one, so that I may find true joy in living. Through Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen.”
– Professor William Barclay, Prayers for the Plain Man.