Mount Charles Notices 28th June 2015

Friday greetings, friends,

This week I was listening to the radio with half an ear whilst doing something else when this phrase stopped me in my tracks: – In the difficult ordinariness of now. It’s both simple and profound. It’s one of those phrases that sounds right instantly and says in six words what would take most of us several sides of A4 paper to say. Here’s the wonderful prayer it comes from:-

Empower me
to be a bold participant,
rather than a timid saint in waiting,
in the difficult ordinariness of now;
to exercise the authority of honesty;
rather than defer to power,
or deceive to get it;
to influence someone for justice,
rather than impress anyone for gain;
and, by grace, to find treasures
of joy, of friendship, of peace
hidden in the fields of the daily
you give me to plough.

It was written by Ted Loder, a retired American Methodist Minister. Last Friday I sent you a picture of the beautiful cross made by Leslie, one of our own ‘retired’ ministers, which makes me wonder if ministers ever retire. We use the phrase ‘sit down’ and Rev John will be ‘sitting down’ in a few short weeks, although how he will manage that with nearly an acre of garden to tend remains to be seen! Hopefully though, he will continue to find treasures of joy, of friendship, of peace hidden in the fields of the daily given him to plough.

Love to you all,

wherever you are and whatever you’re doing,

Brenda

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