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WORDS OF CONNECTION APRIL 3

Our second Words of Connection offers some very different but equally beautiful readings. They offer a thought about self-imposed isolation, in all its forms. The first is a very beautiful Baha’i prayer, and the second comes from the late and great John O’Donohue, which is followed by a short prayer of thanks, and finally a Christian prayer by Rev Barbara Glasson of the Methodist Church. We so hope you enjoy them, at this troubled time.

 

Bahá’i Holy Prayer:
Bahá’u’lláh.

Blessed is the spot, and the house,
and the place, and the city,
and the heart, and the mountain,
and the refuge, and the cave,
and the valley, and the land,
and the sea, and the island,
and the meadow where mention
of God hath been made,
and His praise glorified.

 

 

For Solitude
John O’Donohue

May you recognise in your life the presence,
Power and light of your soul.

May you realise that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
Connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.

May you realise that the shape of your soul is unique,
That you have a special destiny here,
That behind the facade of your life
There is something beautiful, good, and eternal happening.

May you learn to see your self
With the same delight,
Pride, and expectation
With which God sees you in every moment.

 

A Word of Thanks

Today I give thanks
Whether I feel like it or not
It’s in the giving of thanks
I feel better
It’s in the movement of a smile
I feel like smiling
It’s in the singing of a song
I cheer up
It’s in the laughing of a laugh
My troubles melt

Today I give thanks
And realise that the world
Is amazing after all
Even if this moment
Is a little uncertain

 

METHODIST PRAYER
The Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference 

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen