Thought for the day

 

Take this thought with you today to remind you that God is with you in all you do. His love can shine through your actions this day.  

I have had four memorable mystical moments in my life. These profoundly timeless encounters with the indescribable wonder we call God are the foundations of my faith. And yet, for all the other thousands of days of my life, trying to remain in the...
Text: ‘There in their presence Jesus was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light.’ Matthew 17:2 Image: mountain with white light.
Don’t be superficial! Lord, is that what you are saying? Is that your eleventh commandment? Sorry, that’s a bitter joke. I can assure you there’s nothing superficial about facing a death sentence – but then again you probably know that. Sorry: I...
Image: a candle that has gone out. Text:‘If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.’ Matthew 5:20
My main enemy is the voice inside me, a nagging voice overdubbed with doubt, ego, fear and avoidance. I wonder if, after I manage to befriend this voice, I might be able to love all my other enemies. Or is this another of my self-centred...
Olive branches against blue sky. Text: ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:44
I’m asking Lord. I’ve been asking day and night for weeks. Please let my beloved live. Please take away this diagnosis. Please make me whole again. And Lord, I’m searching too, like a crazy person who has lost their mind. I search the Gospels, I...
Text: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find. (Matthew 7:7) Image: person holding a map
These are the hardest days I have ever endured in my life. I am full of sadness and my mind is completely blank. This makes everything harder, because I do not understand why my beloved has to die. How can this be good? How can this reveal a loving...
Text: ‘When Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.’ Luke 11:32. Image: person standing on hill.
In my grief I live on a knife-edge. I am sustained and heartened by the hope others give me. I am eviscerated by my own sadness. Sometimes I feel there is nothing left inside me. Is this the evil one testing me? In the Gospels Jesus experiences a...
Text: ‘Do not put us to the test, but save us from the evil one.’ Matthew 6:13 Image: City skyscrapers at night
The mystery of Lent is the mystery of suffering and loss. I am losing what is most precious to me, and yet at the same time I am learning more about how much I can love. I learn to understand – slowly and grudgingly – that God is in absolute...
Image: bread. Text: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?’ Matthew 25:37
Angels are quite uncommon in the Gospels. They only appear in three critical moments of Jesus’ life: first, when he is conceived apparently fatherless and then born homeless; secondly, when he is alone and tempted in the desert at the start of his...
‘Then the devil left Jesus, and angels appeared and looked after him.’ Matthew 4:11. Image: the wilderness in the Holy Land
My beloved is desperately sick, barely able to talk, with only a few weeks to live. I see a faint smile, feel a squeeze of my hand. I am helpless with grief. I fall more deeply into love and equally deeply into sorrow. Are love and suffering joined...
It is not those who are well who need the doctor, but the sick. Luke 5:31
The message in these early readings for Lent is consistently grim: yesterday we heard that Jesus will suffer greatly and be rejected and put to death. Today we hear that in the midst of the wedding, fragrant with love and joy and promise, when all...
‘The time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away …’ Matthew 9:15. Image: sunset, purple clouds
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