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Discovering God's Kingdom – Growing the Church

Sunday 10 May

My Celtic prayer book has been full of enthusiasm for the start of the month of May. Traditionally it seen as the start of spring; there have been quaint poems and old celebrations made new; even a prayer for writing on the computer, and the telling phrase: May I do no work that I cannot pray over’.  Columbanus quoted in Celtic Daily Light.

In our tiny garden the strawberries are full of flowers, some are beginning to grow fruit and I am beginning to think of the birds that like a nibble once they are ripe! I am also sure I could watch the grass grow at times.

Because of the change in the way modern people have lived their lives, there is increased time for many and quiet for us all to hear nature, the hum of bees, although the ones I saw this afternoon were too busy on the bushes and flowers to hum; we can hear more bird song especially early in the morning and late evening, my friends that walk early in the morning or over Churchtown Farm tell me how beautiful the dawn chorus or the bird song is on a particular day. It is worth opening a window to listen. My son’s family now live in a new build house without surrounding hedges and bushes they are missing the birds this year, they had many different tiny birds on their feeders in their previous house and I used to watch them while washing up. A lesson to appreciate what lovely countryside we live in and is close to us even if our views are limited by windows.

Often each day is headed by a quote from the psalms; much cheerier ones than there were in Lent, ones that praise the Creator for all that is seen, rather than dwelling on sin and its deserts. I hope you are able to wake and go to sleep aware of the beauty of the earth, and maybe say a prayer of appreciation to the Creator whether formally or informally, quaint English or wonderful compositions.

Today’s blessing, a traditional Irish one, is one of Richard’s favourites:

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be always on your back,
may the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rain fall soft on your fields,
and until we meet again
may God hold you
in the hollow of his hand.