Thought for the week;  point to ponder 

How do we wish to be remembered?
In our communion service on Thursday we thought about St.Swithun being remembered mainly because of the myth that if it rains on St.Swithun’s Day it will rain for the next 40 days. As St.Swithun had been a modest man and a Bishop and in death been moved several times from one sacred shrine to another, it all seemed rather unfortunate that so little is recalled about him other than issues about rain!

This led to a deep question as to how we would wish to be remembered when our time comes. And perhaps the even deeper question which is not how we would like to be remembered, but actually how we will be remembered?’

In my reading I came across these two passages as to how people wanted to be remembered. They offer quite a challenge in themselves but have led me to asking ‘how should I be remembered?’

‘I want to be remembered as someone that by her simple presence, made others feel comforted, relieved, safe, encouraged, empowered, inspired to express and be their highest self, as someone whose presence spread joy and inspiration to be useful and kind.’

The other said this, ‘At a later time it may be otherwise, but for now I’d love to be remembered as one in whom the words God gave him were “pleased to dwell; one who gave them away as God gave me grace to, and learned to love both the Silent Mercy from Whom they came and those to whom they could be given.’

Food for thought for us all, I believe.


 Almighty God,
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:

Inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Prayers to ponder:

Man says, ‘Show me and I’ll trust you.’
God says, ‘Trust me and I’ll show you.’

Spirit of peace, move among us. Breathe trust that relies on your presence when we see and when we don’t see. Breathe honesty that acknowledges our doubts and questions. Breathe hope and forgiveness for the sake of community with you and others.  Amen.

‘Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.’  Martin Luther King Jnr

‘Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.’

‘Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them.’

The Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
 to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.                Amen

Almighty and loving God, may we live a holy life that mirrors your goodness and kindness. May we become compassionate as you are, full of mercy on each one of us.  May we become more generous and kind to those who are in most need and are helpless.  Amen.