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A reflection on the Olympic Games (ethos)

Reflections of the day

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called ; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 
one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

“Time spent alone with God is not wasted.  It changes us; it changes our surroundings; and every Christian who would live the life that counts, and who would have power for service must take time to pray.”

M.E. Andross


A reflection on the Olympic Games (ethos)

Heavenly Father,

Thou art Our Heavenly Father who is loving, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who is compassionate, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who sent thou only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into thou world to save Mankind from all sins, and to show Mankind thou way to thou.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Scriptures doth reveal that thou apostle St Paul wrote a number of letters, and we acknowledge that thou apostle St Paul wrote a number of letters to thou churches, and we acknowledge that the letters that thou apostle St Paul wrote are ones that are described as ones that instruct thou churches on the behaviour of thou people of thou churches.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou apostle St Paul was a man that was guided by thou, and we acknowledge that thou apostle St Paul was a man who desired for thou people of thou churches to draw closer to thou. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou apostle St Paul revealed to thou people of thou churches that thou desire was for thou people to be humble, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou apostle St Paul revealed to thou people of thou churches that thou desire was for thou people to be gentle, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou apostle St Paul revealed to thou people of thou churches that thou desire was for thou people to be patient, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou apostle St Paul revealed to thou people of thou churches that thou desire was for thou people to be forgiving, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou apostle St Paul revealed to thou people of thou churches that thou desire was for thou people to have what is described as integrity, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou apostle St Paul revealed to thou people of thou churches that thou desire was for thou people to be ones who serve thou, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou apostle St Paul revealed to thou people of thou churches that thou desire was for thou people to be ones who bear a burden of another, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou apostle St Paul revealed to thou people of thou churches that thou desire was for thou people to love thou, and to love another.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thou the works that are good of the Games known as the Olympic Games. We acknowledge the works that are good of the team known as the Great Britain Male Gymnastic Team, and we uphold to thou a work that is good that can be described as humble, and we uphold to thou a work that is good that can be described as one of patience, and we uphold to thou a work that is good that can be described as one of service, and we uphold to thou a work that is good that can be described as one of bearing a burden of another.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thou a work that is good of another who volunteered for what is described as a service for the Games known as the Olympic Games, and we acknowledge that the service that thou people have volunteered for is one that enables a running that is smooth of thou Olympic Games. We are able to see in a way that is clear that many have worked what can be described as a time that is long, and that a time given was given in a way that is free, and in a way that is of a heart that is one that can be described as glad.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thou all who are competitors of thou Olympic Games. We uphold to thou all who are competitors of thou Olympic Games, who are ones who compete in a way that can be described as one that is without a discrimination of another, and we uphold to thou all competitors of thou Olympic Games, who can be described as ones who compete in a way that is one that shows an understanding that is mutual of another, and we uphold to thou all competitors of thou Olympic Games, who compete in a way that is one that shows a friendship to another, and we uphold to thou all competitors of thou Olympic Games, who compete in a way that shows what is known in terms that are common as fair play.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all competitors of  thou Olympic Games to be able to see in a way that is clear there is a need to be humble always, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before competitors of thou Olympic Games to be able to see in a way that is clear there is a need to be patient, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all competitors of  thou Olympic Games to be able to see in a way that is clear there is a need to be forgiving, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all competitors of  thou Olympic Games to be able to see in a way that is clear there is a need to have an integrity, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all competitors of thou Olympic Games to be able to see in a way that is clear there is a need to demonstrate a service to another, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all competitors of thou Olympic Games to be able to see in a way that is clear there is a need to bear a burden for another, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all competitors of thou Olympic Games to be able to see in a way that is clear there is a need to love one another.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is daily, and we ask thou to guide Mankind to say sorry for the error of a way, and we ask thou to guide Mankind to make the changes in a life of a self that are necessary, and we ask thou to guide Mankind to draw closer to thou.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and we uphold to thou all that hath been spake in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and always will be, thou most supreme, and thou most absolute power and being, who reigns over all who are of thou world that thou hath created for all of Mankind, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

A reflection on the use of social network

Reflections for the day

 

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5 :11-12

I feel it is far better to begin with God, to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another. In general it is best to have at least one hour alone with God before engaging in anything else.

– E. M. Bounds

A reflection on the use of social network

Heavenly Father,

We are thankful for thou being with all of Mankind always. We acknowledge that all things are possible through thou if there is a faith and if there is an understanding of thou.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that much has been said in the media about a social network site, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that what has been said about a social network site is of a concern.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that the issue of which many are concerned about is what some describe as a freedom of speech. We are able to see in a way that is clear that much has been said in the media about some who desire to say what is felt, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that much has been said in the media that an act of speech that is felt by some, on an occasion, to have been one that has caused a hurt to another, and has, on an occasion, been one that has caused a dismay to another.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who thou sent into thou world to save Mankind from all sins, and to show Mankind thou way to thou, did teach all of Mankind in thou Sermon on thou Mount that “blessed are thou meek for they will inherit thou earth.”

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou desire is for all Mankind to refrain from making a comment, at times, and we acknowledge that thou desire is for all Mankind to choose a word carefully. We acknowledge that to refrain from making a comment, and we acknowledge that to choose a word carefully, shows what can be described as a strength in character, and that to refrain from making a comment, and to choose a word carefully, is one that is desired by thou. We acknowledge that to refrain from making a comment, and we acknowledge that by choosing a word carefully, will allow many to remain on thou path, which is a path that is straight, and which is a path that is narrow, toward thou light which is one that is eternal.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is daily, and we ask thou to guide all of Mankind to remain silent at times, and we ask thou to guide all of Mankind to choose a word carefully at all times.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that many will see a way forward in a way that is clear that there is a need to choose a word carefully when using what is described as a social network site.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and we uphold all that hath been spake in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is thou way, and who is thou truth, and who is thou life, and who is thou way to thou, and we uphold to thou all that hath been spake in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who lives within Man, and who dwells amongst Man, and who advocates for Man, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.


A reflection on bullying

Reflections for the day

Psalm 121:2

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Matthew 5:11-12 & 38-48

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour
 and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him. –William Law

A reflection on bullying

Heavenly Father,

Thou art Our Heavenly Father who is loving, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who is compassionate, and thou loves each and every one of us. Thou love for all of Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by time, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that enables all of Mankind to love thou with all of a heart, and with all of a soul, and with all of a mind, and with all of a strength. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that enables thou love for all of Mankind to spill over into a relationship, and we acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that enables all of Mankind to love thou neighbour in thou way that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ loves us all.

Heavenly Father, thou art the creator of thou world and all that is in thou world, and thou hath created all things known to all of Mankind, and thou hath created all things unseen by all of Mankind. Thou hath created all of Mankind to be born with a particular appearance, and thou hath created all of Mankind to be born with a particular shape, and thou hath created all of Mankind to be born with a particular colour, and thou hath created all of Mankind to be born with a particular size. Thou hath created all of Mankind to be equal in thou eyes.

Heavenly Father, thou art almighty, and thou art most powerful. Thou art Our Heavenly Father that knows all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who sees all, and thou hath possession of all thou facts. We acknowledge that thou purpose for all of Mankind is of one to draw closer to thou, and we acknowledge that thou purpose for all of Mankind is one to emulate thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we acknowledge that all good things happen to a self who can live a life that can be described as godly.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou world was created by thou as a world that was just,  and we acknowledge that thou world was created by thou as thou world that was right, and we acknowledge that thou world was created by thou as thou world that was one that was perfect and that was one that was of harmony.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that in Ancient Times there were many that rebelled against thou, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that much of what is described in thou Scriptures concerns a justice, and much of what is described in thou Scriptures concerns the treatment of another. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach all of Mankind about discrimination, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach all of Mankind that thou desire is for all of Mankind to treat all alike, and with a due regard to a race, and with a due regard to a gender, and with a due regard to a cultural background, and with a due regard to a social standing. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou values, and thou sense of justice, prevailed through thou commandments.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect carefully upon the nature of bullying. We are able to see in a way that is clear that what is described as bullying is one that occurs on an occasion in the work place, and that what is described as bullying is one that occurs on an occasion at home, and that what is described as bullying is one that occurs on an occasion at school. We are able to see in a way that is clear that there are some who have suffered from an act of bullying, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that there are some who have suffered from an act of bullying that can be described as unkind, and that there are some who have suffered from an act of bullying that can be described as hurtful, and that there are some who have suffered from an act of bullying that can be described as one where pain has been endured in a way that is physical. We acknowledge that an act of bullying is one that can be committed by a word, and we acknowledge that an act of bullying is one that can be committed by a deed, and we acknowledge that an act of bullying is one that is committed on a basis that is face to face, and we acknowledge that an act of bullying is one that is committed on a basis that is described as one that relates to a use of the internet.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that during the ministry of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was subjected to words that were unkind, and that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was subjected to words that were hurtful, and that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was subjected to acts that caused thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to suffer with a pain that was physical. We acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, taught all of Mankind to love thou neighbour in thou way that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, loves us all, and we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, taught all of Mankind to show a mercy to some who can be described as an enemy, and that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, taught all of Mankind to forgive another.

Heavenly Father, thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, died for all of Mankind in order to redeem all of Mankind from all sins, and to show all of Mankind thou way to thou. We acknowledge that in order to draw closer to thou a self must be pure in a heart, and we acknowledge that in order to draw closer to thou a self must be pure in a mind, and we acknowledge that in order to draw closer to thou a self must be pure in a deed, and we acknowledge that in order to draw closer to thou a self must forgive another, in order for a self to be forgiven by thou.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is daily, and we ask thou to give a self a confidence to endure when a resource is low, and we ask thou to guide a self to see in a way that is clear when a self ought to remain silent, and we ask thou to guide a self to see in a way that is clear when a self should act, and we ask thou to guide all of Mankind to turn to thou always, and we ask thou to guide all of Mankind to place a worry, and to place a concern, with thou.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect carefully upon what is described as cyber bullying. We are able to see in a way that is clear that there are many who use what is describes as a social network site in a way that is fitting, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that there are some who use a social network site in a way that is hurtful, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that there are some who use a social network site in a way that is unkind. We ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before the Government of thou nation of thou United Kingdom, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before a provider of a social network site to address all concerns that relate to bullying, and we hope and we pray that all concerns that relate to bullying will be resolved, and we hope and we pray that many will see the error of a way, and we hope and we pray that a self will say sorry for the error of a way, and we hope and we pray that a self will make the changes in a life that is necessary in order to show a repentance. We hope and we pray that many will turn to thou always.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake, in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, who together with thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and will always be the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, that governs all of thou world that we live in, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.


A reflection on forgiveness (one of several)

Reflections for the day

Luke 15:3-7

 Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 23:34

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another. –William Law

A reflection on forgiveness (one of several)

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world that we live in and thou hath created all things known to Man, and thou hath created all things that are unseen by Man.

Heavenly Father, thou art a loving Father, and thou art a compassionate Father, and thou loves each and every one of us. Thou love for us is one that is all encompassing, thou love for us is one that hath no words to describe, and thou love for us is one that is not bound by time and energy. Thou love for us is one that enables us to love thou with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. Thou love is one that enables our love for thou to spill over into all our relationships, and thou love is one that enables us to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that many of us find it difficult to forgive those who have wronged us. We are able to see that for some of us it is difficult to let go of anger, and we are able to see that it is hard to forgive others when we are still angry. We are able to see that some of us desire to see that justice prevails, and that some of us see that to forgive in situations where justice is meted may be seen by others as condoning the act. We are able to see that some of us would prefer that those who have offended us, and those who have upset us, should not be forgiven as it is often seen by others as an avoidance of justice. We are able to see that some of us desire an outcome that can be described as an “eye for an eye” and a “tooth for a tooth.” We are able to see that some of us find it difficult to forgive if those who have offended us, and those who have upset us, have not said sorry for their actions against us.

Heavenly Father, thou sent thou only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into this world to save us from all our sin. We acknowledge that during the ministry of Our Lord Jesus Christ he revealed to Man that he had come to set us free, and we are able to see that this was a means by which we are able to turn to thou and to ask thou for forgiveness for all our sins. Our Lord Jesus Christ revealed to us upon the cross that love triumphs over evil by the words of forgiveness that was uttered from the cross for those who had condemned him, and by a response of a promise in paradise to the thief who repented from the cross where he died alongside Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are able to see that thou Scriptures teach Man that we need to confess all our sins to thou in order to be forgiven, and in order for us to have a righteous relationship with thou we need to repent. We are able to see that in order to restore what can be described as a right relationship with Man, we must confess to Man our wrong doings. We acknowledge that we cannot be right in our relationship with thou if we are wrong in our relationship with Man. We acknowledge that if Man has wronged us that thou desires us to be forgiving to Man always.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide us in our daily lives, we ask thou to help us understand that thou desire is for us to love thou neighbour. We ask thou to help us understand that those who have offended us, and those who have upset us, have the capacity for good. We hope and we pray that Man is able to reflect carefully upon the nature of forgiveness and is able to see that by forgiving we are able to free ourselves from the anger and the bitterness that we feel, and that by forgiving we are able to provide opportunities for others to transform their lives, and that by the power of forgiveness that we are able to draw nearer to thou.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thou all that has been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who together with thouself and thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, reigns on most high and is, and was, and always will be the most supreme and most absolute power and being, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

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A reflection on the sin of anger

Reflections for the day

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Ephesians 4:29-32

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

God is waiting eagerly to respond with new strength to each little act of self-control, small disciplines of prayer, feeble searching after him. And his children shall be filled if they will only hunger and thirst after what he offers.
Richard Holloway

A reflection on the sin of anger

Heavenly Father,

Thou art a loving Father, and thou art a compassionate Father. We acknowledge that thou loves each and every one of us, and we acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and we acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that enables all to love thou with all of a heart, and to love thou with all of a soul, and to love thou with all of a mind, and to love thou with all of a strength. We acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and is one that is not bound by time, and is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that over-spills into a relationship, and  is one that enables all to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time of Lent that we reflect upon the time that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was for forty days in the Wilderness. We are able to see in a way that is clear that during a period of Lent many are led into a repentance, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that through the discipline of prayer that many may grow in grace, and some will perceive, and some will discern, that it is a desire of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, for all to  live a life of righteousness. We acknowledge that during a time in the Wilderness that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was faced with a number of temptations, and one of these temptations has been described as a temptation of the flesh.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect upon the sin of anger. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, lived by an example that can be described as godly, and thou example that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, gave was one of patience and was one of understanding.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures guide all to not give into an anger at a time of upset by a word, or by an action of another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that many are able to see in a way that is clear that Man can turn to anger in what can be described as a way that is irascible. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some justify an anger by describing it is a fault of another. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some react in a way that can be described as emotional, and that a reaction in a way that is emotional is one that is reflected in what is said and in what is done in a way that will, and in a way that can cause a regret.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we ask thou to guide all Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to help many to have a concern for another, and we ask thou to help some to see in a way that is clear that a response should be one of wisdom, and should be one that is gentle in spirit. Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all Mankind to reflect upon the error of a way, and we ask thou to guide many to say sorry for an error of a way, and we ask thou to guide many to make a change in a life that is necessary.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that some perceive, and some discern, a need to talk through a problem, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that some perceive, and some discern, there is a need to deal with a situation that is contentious; we ask thou to guide some to choose a word carefully, and we ask thou to guide some to remain silent at the times when it is necessary to remain silent.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that many have a feeling of anger, and a feeling of anger is one that has been expressed about the cost of living. We hope and we pray that many can turn to thou, and we hope and we pray that many will bring to thou a worry, and many will bring to thou a concern.

Heavenly Father, thou desire is for Mankind to live a life that is righteous, and we acknowledge that to live a life that is righteousness is one where there is a need to exercise a control of a feeling of anger of a self. We ask thou, Heavenly Father, to guide many to remain on thou path which is a path that is straight, and which is a path that is narrow, toward thou light which is eternal.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake, in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, who together with thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and will always be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power, and being, who governs all who are of this earth that we live on, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.


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