Prayers, thoughts and reflections gathered together in one diary Part of my Lent project to find space, direction and to follow my call and vocation… If you enjoy these or find just one prayer that speaks to you it will have been worth the journey.
Rev’d Sue Martin
Come away from the din
Come away to the quiet fields
Over which the great sky stretches and where between us
And the stars, there lies but silence;
And there in the stillness, let us listen to the voice that is speaking within us.
Jerome K Jerome 1859 – 1927
A view of the Peddars Way, West Norfolk
Happiness is to have enough for the days needs with always some to spare for those who have not.
It is to possess the love of friends and to have knowledge that all is well with them.
It is to live in peace
Happiness is as a butterfly
which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804 – 1864
Help along the way
Photo from Stett Handy Group
Make us worthy Lord,
To serve our fellow brothers and sisters
Throughout the world who live and die
In poverty and hunger
Give them, through your hands
this day their daily bread,
And by our understanding love
Give peace and joy.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The Best Way…
The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost 1874 – 1963
Set out! You were born for the road
Set out! You have a meeting to keep.
Where? With whom?
You don’t yet know
Perhaps with yourself?
Set out! Your steps will be your words
the road your song
the weariness your prayer.
And at the end
your silence will speak to you.
Set out! Alone or with others;
but get out of yourself.
You have created rivals
you will find companions.
You envisaged enemies
You will find brothers and sisters.
Set out! You were born for the road.
The pilgrims road
Someone is coming to meet you
is seeking you,
so that you can find him.
In the temple at the end of the road
In the shrine at the depths of your heart.
He is your peace
He is your jo
Go, God already walks with you.
Taken from Eglisia Paroquial , Arta Mallorca
Belief in whatever is around the corner…
“Be true to yourselves and let space for others beliefs.”
Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi
“In a world full of sound bytes and increasingly short attention spans there is a benefit in having a thought about eternity.”
Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,but that it is too low and we reach it.” Michelangelo 1475 – 1564
O Lord, give me courage to do good things.
Give me courage to do the things I want to do
without being afraid of what other people say.
Give me courage to be different.
A child’s prayer
Our Deepest Fear
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant? Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of the universe, your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory that is within us.
As we let our light shine, we give permission to others to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence liberates others.
Nelson Mandela 1994 Inaugural Speech
Prayers at Christmas
A favourite prayer…..
Let there be respect for the earth Peace for its people
Love in our lives
Delight in the good
Forgiveness for past ways
And from now on
A new start.
At some time in the day or night we need to stop and reflect. To have time to think about the day, the week, our family and friends, let alone the much time given to work and relationships.
Time on our own, whether its in the car driving home, on the crowded underground, or in a quiet spot at home; it’s good to find some space and stop. We all live busy lives, complex and full of turmoil.
Prayers are even better. Sometimes we ask too much, sometimes it must be like a jungle of flack in the air that God receives the messages through. But still He listens.
He doesn’t always respond in the way you hope for or not even at the right time, but don’t give up! It does work.
A quotation from Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi… “ In a world of sound bites and increasingly short attention spans, there is a benefit in having a thought about eternity.”
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