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Discovering God's Kingdom – Growing the Church

Wednesday 18 March

I read this prayer this morning (Wednesday) and thought it was very apt for our times:

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory forever.
In the darkness of sin,
Your light breaks forth like the dawn
And your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help, sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.

My immediate thought was what on earth should I praise God for in theses times of uncertainty and for me isolation? Then I remembered some thing I read yesterday on a Facebook feed.

Daily quarantine questions:

  • What am I grateful for today?
  • Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
  • What expectation of 'normal' am I letting go of today?
  • How am I getting outside today?
  • How am I moving my body today?
  • What beauty am I creating or cultivating or inviting in today?

These questions can stop and make us think, take us out of the 'poor me' mentality and challenge us to do something to help ourselves and others. The answers do not have to be profound, being grateful for food, warmth or shelter, emailing, sending a card, ringing a friend or an acquaintance, letting go of 'my right' to travel or shop when I want, walking down the garden path, walking in the park, I am a telephone call away from helping you move your body (847044), can I paint, cook, look at an art book, garden.

All theses areas were 'top of the head' and I am sure you can think of more. The most important is the first, be a grateful person, say thank you to God and to others for all He and they do for you.

Lesley Margetts