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Wednesday, 2 March 2022

FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS: ASH WEDNESDAY TO FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT by Peter Thorn

FORTY DAYS & FORTY NIGHTS – Prayer intentions and thoughts for the 40 days leading up to Easter or any 40 day period


DAY 1 - For any who are lonely

                                                      

Day 1 MORNING 

Loneliness affects so many people. Some feel lonely even when in a crowd. 

PRAYER - Lord Jesus you often sought to be alone and you had to face crucifixion on your own. We hold before you any who are alone this day and who feel frightened by being alone. Help us to be aware of those around us who may live alone or be on their own. Where possible help us to be a friend

Day 1 EVENING

For those who go to bed feeling alone and who will not have spoken to anyone this day. For those who will spend waking hours during the night feeling lonely. 

PRAYER – Dear Lord by your guiding Spirit help us to find the lonely and show them love, and even better still, Your love.


DAY 2 - For all who suffer or have suffered abuse



Day 2 MORNING

Think about those who are in an abusive relationship. Those who were abused last night and do not know which way to turn. Grant courage to all who live in fear of another. We give thanks to God for Women’s Refuges and other such organisations

We remember that abuse takes various forms such as physical, mental or sexual and we think of all those suffering any form of abuse.

PRAYER – Dear Lord Jesus we say sorry for those times when we have treated others unkindly, in our thoughts, actions, and in words through gossip or lies. We pray that all who suffer abuse may find a way out

Day 2 EVENING

We remember before God all who fear the evening and night time as they know this is the time when they are most likely to be abused. For children suffering from abuse and for those who have to watch or hear others in their household being beaten or sexually abused. 

For alcoholics and drug users who inflict abuse because of their addiction, that they may seek and get help.

PRAYER - Dearest Jesus be with all who fear the night ahead


DAY 3 For all who have been trafficked either sexually or otherwise



Day 3 MORNING

Our thoughts today are with those being trafficked at this time. For those who have been sold as sex slaves and are kept captive. We think of parents who sell their children to traffickers because they are so desperately poor.

PRAYER - Dear Heavenly Father we hold before you all who have been or are currently being trafficked. We pray for charities who work tirelessly to find these people and to get them released. We pray their efforts will be successful 

Day 3 EVENING

We think of children trafficked as sex workers. It is impossible for most of us to realise the horror of this trade. 

PRAYER - Lord Jesus we pray in the sincere hope our prayers may help these children come to know your love.


DAY 4 - For all in bonded or slave labour



Day 4 MORNING

We think of those who have been sold into bonded labour from which there is no escape. For poor parents who have been tricked into selling their children into this type of slavery without realising the cost & consequences involved.

PRAYER - Father God we pray for young girls who have been sold into domestic service and who are treated badly.

Day 4 EVENING

Imagine what it would be like to have been sold by your parents into this type of slavery. Pray for those who are so poor that they would even consider doing this. Remember to give thanks for all you have and should you have children or grandchildren then remember how precious they are.

PRAYER – Loving Jesus forgive the part that this country has played in promoting slavery today. We ask you to remember all who are treated as slaves


DAY 5 - For all those bereaved especially those who have lost a child or a sibling 



Day 5 MORNING

Many carry the pain of having had a child die either in an accident or from an illness or tragedy. The memories will last a lifetime and may catch loved ones when least expected.

For the majority of us this will never happen but let it not prevent us from pausing to remember parents and siblings who bear this grief. May they find comfort in the knowledge that you will never abandon those who have died under such sad circumstances

PRAYER – Loving Lord Jesus come alongside all who have lost a child, a brother or a sister

Day 5 EVENING 

Our thoughts this evening are for those whose children have recently died and where the pain is still raw and unbearable. May they find comfort from the consolation in knowing that Jesus is there to welcome them to the home he has prepared for them in Heaven

PRAYER – Loving Jesus may your heavenly angels be with all who mourn the loss of a child.

 

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'