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A reflection on advertising

Reflections for the day

Matthew 6:22-23

 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

When prayer has become secondary, or incidental, it has lost its power. Those who are conspicuously men of prayer are those who use prayer as they use food, or air, or light, or money.”  M.E. Andross


A reflection on advertising

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. We acknowledge that 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 allows all of Mankind 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 all of Mankind is one that overspills into a relationship, and we acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that allows 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 that we live in, and thou hath created all things known to all of Mankind, and thou hath created all things unseen by all of Mankind. Thou art almighty, and thou art most powerful, and we praise thou, and we exalt thou, for thou power, and for thou mightiness.

Heavenly Father, thou sent thou beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into thou world to die for all of Mankind in order to redeem all of Mankind from all sins, and in order to show all of Mankind thou way to thou. We acknowledge that during thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, revealed to all of Mankind that there is a need to focus on thou always, and not on a self.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect upon the nature of advertising. We are able to see in a way that is clear that much of what happens in a life that is daily is one that is directed by a thought that can be described, at times, to be a thought that is materialistic in nature. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some thoughts are ones that can be affected by what is seen, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that some thoughts are ones that can be affected by what is heard in the media.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou world today is one that has an expectation, and we acknowledge that an expectation is one that is to do with, at times, a possession that is worldly. We are able to see in a way that is clear that there is a difficulty for a self to do what is described as take a step back and deny a need for a possession that is worldly. We are able to see in a way that is clear that at times, a self, is in need of thou guidance. We are able to see in a way that is clear that at times, a self is led astray by another, and at times, is led astray by a thought of a possession that is worldly.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that during a time of thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, that there was an occasion when thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was tempted, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that at a time when thou Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, was tempted, was at a time when thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was in the wilderness, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that a temptation was one where Satan tempted thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, with thou world, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, rejected a temptation.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is daily, and we ask thou to guide a self to guard an eye, and we ask thou to guide a self to guard an ear, and we ask thou to guide a self to guard a heart, and we ask thou to guide a self to turn to thou always.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that many can reflect carefully upon a purchase, and we hope and we pray that a self can discern what is needed as opposed to what is desired, and we hope and we pray that a self can see in a way that is clear that a possession that is worldly is meaningless in thou Kingdom of Heaven. We hope and we pray that all of Mankind will see the error of a way, and we hope and we pray that a self will proffer a sorrow for an error of a way, and we hope and we pray that a self will make the changes that are necessary in a life, so that a self is able to have a life that is eternal with thou.

Heavenly Father,we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to turn to thou, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to put aside a worry, and to put aside a concern, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to be prudent with a spending, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to put thou first in all that is thought, and in all that is spake, and in all that is done.

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 always will be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

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A reflection on being healthy

Reflections for the day

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

3 John 1:2

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

 

The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.”  E. M. Bounds

A reflection on being healthy

Heavenly Father,

Thou art Our Heavenly Father, who is loving and thou art Our Heavenly Father, who is compassionate. We acknowledge that many are able to express a love for thou, and we acknowledge that thou love that is expressed for all of Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and we acknowledge that thou love that thou hath for all of Mankind is one that endures, and we acknowledge that thou love thou hath for all of Mankind is one that is eternal. We acknowledge that thou love thou hath for all of Mankind is one that is there for all of Mankind, and we acknowledge that thou love thou hath for all of Mankind is one that thou desires all of Mankind to perceive and to discern.

Heavenly Father, thou art the creator of thou world that we live in, and thou hath created all that is in thou world. Thou art Our Heavenly Father who is almighty, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who is most powerful, and we praise thou for thou power, and we praise thou for thou mightiness. Thou art Our Heavenly Father, who knows all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father, who sees all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father, who is in possession of all thou facts.

Heavenly Father, thou sent thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into thou world in order to redeem all of Mankind from all sins, and in order to show all of Mankind thou way to thou. We acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was obedient to thou always. We acknowledge that thou desire is for a self to emulate thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect upon the nature of eating in a way that is described as healthy. We are able to see in a way that is clear that much of a food that is eaten is a food that is created by thou. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou desire is for all of Mankind to preserve thou food in a form that was created, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou desire is for all of Mankind to prepare a food in a form that was created, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou desire is for all of Mankind to consume a food in a form that was created.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that a self lives a life that can be described as one that is busy, and we acknowledge that, at times, a self has a difficulty in preserving a food in a form that was created, and we acknowledge that, at times, a self has a difficulty in preparing a food in the form that was created, and we acknowledge that, at times, a self has a difficulty in consuming a food in a form that was created. We acknowledge that, at times,there is a temptation for a self to consume a food that has been prepared by a self, and by another, in a manner, and in a way, that is excessive, and in a manner, and in a way, that is less than desirable for thouself, Our Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou desire is for all of Mankind to care for a self in a way that can be described as physical, and we acknowledge that where there is a lack of care of a physical body, a self can be affected in a way that is spiritual. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is fpr all of Mankind to be at a weight that is acceptable, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to avoid a temptation of a food that can be described as unhealthy, and a food that is unhealthy is one that is often described as a junk food, and a junk food is one that is, at times, consumed in a quantity that is unhealthy for a self.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is one that is led daily, and we ask thou to guide a self to avoid a temptation of a food that is unhealthy, and we ask thou to guide a self to perceive, and to discern, that what another considers as an indulgence can, if consumed on a basis that is regular, be less than desirable for a health of a self.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou desire is for all of  Mankind to turn to thou always, and we acknowledge that thou desire is for all of Mankind to serve thou, and we acknowledge that there is a need to ensure a self remains healthy.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that there is much said in the media about what is described as healthy eating, and we acknowledge that there is much said in the media about a weight of a self. We hope and we pray that a self will reflect carefully upon an advice that is given, and we hope and we pray that a self will make the changes necessary in a life of a self to enable a self to be healthy, and we hope and we pray that a self will turn to thou for a sustenance that is one that is spiritual.

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, is, and was, and always will be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, that reigns over all who are of thou world that we live in, now and always, for evermore.

Amen

A reflection on the sin of gluttony

Reflections of the day

Proverbs 23:20-21

Do not mix with winebibbers,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; 

 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Galatians 5: 16-18

 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For  the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Prayer should be the means by which I, at all times, receive all that I need, and, for this reason, be my daily refuge, my daily consolation, my daily joy, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy in life.

– Saint John Chrysostom

A reflection on the sin of gluttony

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world and all that is in it. Thou art almighty, and thou art most powerful, and thou art Our Heavenly Father, that knows all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father, who sees all. Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou hath created thou world that is a world that is full of wonder, and thou hath created thou world that is a world that is full of beauty. We acknowledge that there is much in thou world that gives a pleasure, and  we acknowledge that there is much in thou world that we can be thankful for. We are able to see in a way that is clear that there is much in thou world all can enjoy, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that there is much in thou world all can enjoy without a focus on one to the exclusion of another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that for some a focus on a pleasure  means another pleasure is, and always will be put aside.We are able to see in a way that is clear that there is much in thou world all can enjoy, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that some demand a pleasure from another that is less than desirable, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that a demand for a pleasure that is excessive is what is described as gluttony .

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that a desire of gluttony is apparent in thou world that we live in, and that a desire of a nature that is gluttonous is one that is evident with a food that is eaten, and is evident with a drink that is consumed. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach all Mankind about a sin of gluttony. We are able to see in a way that is clear that for many it is perceived, and it is discerned, as an over-indulgence of food, and an over-indulgence of drink, and what is described by some as a misplaced desire of food, and a misplaced desire of drink. We acknowledge that much of what is said in thou Scriptures about a sin of gluttony is relevant on this day.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time of Lent we reflect carefully upon a lifestyle of a self, and we ask thou are able to guide all Mankind in terms of perceiving, and in terms of discerning, a sin of gluttony.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that many lead a life that can be described as busy, and that many eat at a time that is not considered by some as a time that is sensible. We ask thou to guide Mankind to eat at a time that can be described as a time that is needed to satisfy a hunger. We acknowledge that much of a food for Mankind in what is described as a developed world is available in a way that is immediate, and we acknowledge that some are unable to see in a way that is clear what should be eaten, and how much should be eaten at a time that is given.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thouself, thou people of thou nations of Africa, who are in the main thou people who are poor, and who are in thou main thou people who are hungry, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all so that all needs can be addressed for thou people of thou nations of Africa.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that a drink of alcohol, and the use of a stimulant, is one that for some is imbibed to an excess. We are able to see in a way that is clear that for some alcohol is drunk in an excess, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that  for some alcohol is often drunk on a basis that is frequent. We hope and we pray that many will reflect carefully upon the perils of drinking alcohol in excess, and make a change in a life that is necessary so that an intake is one that can be described as moderate.

Heavenly Father, there has been much said in the media about the eating of certain foods, and there has been much said in the media about the drinking of certain stimulants in excess, and there has been much said in the media about the consequences of drinking alcohol in excess. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a food eaten in excess, and a drink taken in excess is likely to have an effect on a health of a self that is less than desirable.

Heavenly Father, we ask that the many who are unable to see a way forward in a way that is clear in terms of caring for a health in a way that thou intends all Mankind to care for a health, can be led to an understanding of what thou desires.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all Mankind to be moderate in the way a food is eaten, and to be moderate in the way a drink is imbibed, and we ask thou to guide all Mankind in all areas of a life to enable all to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all Mankind to live a life that is fitting. We hope and we pray that many will reflect carefully upon the sin of gluttony, and we hope and we pray that many will turn 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 in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with thou Holy Spirit is, and was, and always will be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, that governs over all who are of this earth that we live on, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

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