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Monday, 28 March 2022

40 DAYS and 40 NIGHTS (DAY 27- MONDAY to DAY 33- SUNDAY) by Peter Thorn

Day 27 - For the families of stillborn babies or of children that have died young




DAY 27 MORNING

It is deeply distressing to encounter those sad times when children pre-decease their parents: so our prayers today focus on the parents and families of children that are stillborn or who die at a young age. 

Prayer – Lord Jesus Christ we hold before you all those parents who have to grieve the death of their own children, and pray that those who minister to them may either find the right words to say or sense the need to just be alongside them and share their grief with tears or in silence

DAY 27 EVENING

We offer up to you all who have been stillborn or have died at a young age and we remember those Mothers who died giving birth. For those who are unable to get the medical help and assistance they need. 

Prayer – Holy Lord we weep with those who have lost a child this day. May those infants rest in Peace and rise in glory.


Day 28 - For World leaders that their conscience would lead them to justice, compassion & fairness



DAY 28 MORNING                 

For the leaders of all nations praying that those who put themselves and greed ahead of the needs of the people they represent may have their consciences disturbed to the point that they change their ways.

We remember the leaders of our own country giving thanks for the faithfulness of our Queen Elizabeth. We pray for the Prime Minister, the Government and the Opposition that they may have the interests of the poorest and the marginalised at the heart of any decisions they may make this day

Prayer – God save our gracious Queen and all in authority under her

DAY 28 EVENING

That in the hearts of all World Leaders may be a desire for peace and justice. For those leaders who have erred we pray that they made be made to confront the pain and suffering they are inflicting by their selfish actions. 

Prayer – Dearest God, through the power of prayer and through the love of our Lord Jesus Christ may World leaders be made to confront the consequences of their actions


Day 29 - for those who have died during the past night and those who will die this day or night 



DAY 29 MORNING

Death comes unexpectedly to some through accident, unfortunate circumstance, illness or in war zones. With this in mind we hold before you those who have lost their lives during the past night and for those who will lose their life today. We pray for their family and friends as they receive this news.

Prayer – Loving Heavenly Father we pray for the souls of all who will depart this life today especially for any who have lived good and faithful lives. We give thanks for all they have done.

DAY 29 EVENING

We remember that each time someone dies several others can become involved. As we think of people who will have died this day we say a special thank you for any who have comforted them in their hour of death, for the emergency services who will have dealt with the various circumstances arising from the deaths and for any good Samaritans who have tried to help as best possible.

Prayer – Dearest Lord we pray for funeral directors and for all pastoral ministers


Day 30 - For all who are frightened 




DAY 30 MORNING

We know people are frightened for a variety of reasons. Let us remember those who live in fear, those frightened by other family members, those frightened of being attacked. We hold before you any who are frightened by a medical condition, those in fear of a knock on the door by a money lender or a bailiff.

Prayer – By your mercy help us to recognise anyone in fear and then to offer to be a comfort

DAY 30 EVENING

We hold before you this night any who fear an attack by a gang or someone bearing a grievance. For all in fear from terrorists. 

As this day gives way to night we remember all who in the darkness are frightened. 

Prayer – Father God may they know the comfort of your love and may your Holy Angels guard over them. Amen


Day 31 - For all who self-harm



DAY 31 MORNING

The act of self-harming is often a sign that something else is amiss. We pray that those who self- harm may find help for the underlying reason of their self- harming

DAY 31 EVENING      

We pray for all who will self-harm this night that they may not do permanent damage to themselves and that they will find someone they can confide in about the reasons behind their actions


Day 32 - For any who have been abandoned



DAY 32 MORNING

Remember all who this day feel abandoned. Those who have been turned out of their home through conflict. For all who have been let down. For children sold into slavery. Remembering any for whom life feels hopeless.

Lord we hold in your presence all this day feeling abandoned and on their own. May they never be deprived of the care you have for them.

DAY 32 EVENING


Day 33 - For all who long for reconciliation



For all living on the streets of the World this night and who feel thoroughly alone and abandoned. We pray that a stranger may engage with them to give them new hope. This we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord and Saviour

DAY 33 MORNING

Remember any who long for reconciliation either with children, parents or family. We think of all those stupid disagreements that have got out of hand and that have escalated to the point of a break up in relationships. For all who long for reconciliation but are frightened or too stubborn to make the first move. Melt all our hearts O Lord

DAY 33 EVENING

We pray this night for reconciliation amongst Nations. We pray for those leaders in power and authority by whose actions alone reconciliation can be achieved. May they be open to the voices of those who aspire for reconciliation 

Cascade of Stars and Gas (Imagined image: CGI)

Cascade of Stars and Gas (Imagined image: CGI)
Cascade of Stars and Gases. This image will take you to the meditation 'Deep Silence'

Wildfires: Evidence of Climate Chaos

Wildfires: Evidence of Climate Chaos
Wildfires: Evidence of Climate Chaos

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Nativity Star (CGI)

Nativity Star (CGI)
Nativity Star: This image will link you to the collection of new Carols on this site. Also, the image can easily be copied onto an overhead acetate and used as a window decoration. Easy for children to achieve. Note the cross at the centre of the star.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Celtic cross candle (Photo)

Celtic cross candle (Photo)
Celtic Cross and candle' linked to the poem 'Awesome, Wonderful Creator'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy
This is the mask which was moulded to my face to ensure the radiotherapy I had in April 2017 was precisely targeted. You can read more by clicking on the image

Double Celebration

Double Celebration
Pam, who has been magnificent in caring for me since my Cancer diagnosis in October and I celebrate the end of Radiotherapy and our 36th Wedding Anniversary (Note the return of some hair!). Click on the image to read about the treatment - and waiting.

St Neots Sunset (Photo)

St Neots Sunset (Photo)
Surrounded by beauty: Whie 'Evolution and Beauty' became one of the most viewed poems on this blog, Pam, my wife took this gorgeous picture of a sunset over the flatlands of Cambridgeshire UK. Click on it to go to the poem

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015
Gabriel began the Christmas story with his visit to Mary. The story is told in our Christmas collection in the Carol, Go to Nazareth My Great Messenger. Click on this image to take you there.

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)
IMAGINARY IMAGE TO CELEBRATE CANADA DAY: Click on this his imaginary 'Maple Leaf Nebula' to take you to a poem entitled 'Nebula' (image not to be confused with NGC 2024, the Flame Nebula which is also known as the Maple Leaf)

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016
Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)
First posted here on Adomnan’s day (23rd September) 2015. An imagined natural phenomenom that could be seen to resonate mystically with the idea of Iona being a ‘thin place’ where heaven brushes earth.

Assisi Sunset

Assisi Sunset
Assisi Sunset

Thinking about the Brain

Thinking about the Brain
This image is formed from a small section of neural pathways posted by the Koch Institute, clipped, part inverted and stitched together. It is intended to impart a sense of our extensive, but still partial understanding of what goes on in that awesome part of our bodies, our brains. By clicking on the image, you will be taken to a celebratory poem/song ‘For Amazement by Beauty’ about all of our senses.

Source (CGI by Trevor Thorn)

Source (CGI by Trevor Thorn)
Source: Expand the image to reveal its heart

Rainbow spiral (CGI)

Rainbow spiral (CGI)
'Rainbow Spiral' to accompany 'Darkness,Illuminator' . Find the poem by clicking on the iImagined mage

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'