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Monday, 7 March 2022

FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS: FIRST MONDAY (DAY 6) TO SECOND SUNDAY (DAY 12) by Peter Thorn

 DAY 6 - For parents of children who have been murdered


Day 6 MORNING

There can be few things worse than to lose a child in this way. We hold before God all parents of murdered children. We pray that they may find it in themselves to forgive in order that the burden for them may not be too great.

PRAYER – Merciful Jesus we pray for the souls of all these children that they may abide in safety with You in heaven. We pray for their parents

Day 6 EVENING

We hold before God those whose children have gone missing or who have been abducted and are presumed dead. 

PRAYER – Dear Lord Jesus comfort the parents of these children through the love of those who minister to them in any way. We ask that children who have been abducted and are still alive may come to know your love as a consolation. Please keep them from harm this night.


DAY 7 - For all in hospital and for those who care, Nurses, Doctors, Ancillary staff, domestics, Paramedics, Ambulance Crews, other emergency services



Day 7 MORNING

Bring before God all who are in hospital especially those who are seriously ill and for those who watch over them. Remember Doctors, Nurses and all hospital staff whose lives are dedicated in service and who see it that way. For the advancement of medicine, for the NHS, for all involved in developing new medicines and technology. 

PRAYER – Dearest Jesus come alongside all in hospital this day, patients and hospital staff. 

Day 7 EVENING

PRAYER – Let us give thanks for all hospital and ambulance staff working this night. Stay close to them heavenly Father and to those to whom they minister. We pray for all in severe pain and for those for whom this will be their last night on earth. For their loved ones as they receive this news.


DAY 8 - The Church, its faults and divisions



Day 8 MORNING 

Jesus longed for unity. His whole life was a testimony to love. Why is it then that the Church has failed to live up to these ideals? How much a part are we to blame for the divisions? 

Consider any part we have played in preventing or not encouraging local Christian unity and of times when we have criticised those in our own fellowship or congregation.

Pray that we may put aside our personal preferences and unite in our mission to proclaim Jesus to the waiting world. Pray for all our sisters and brothers in Christ.

Day 8 EVENING

There are thought to be over 40,000 Christian denominations in the World and yet only one proclamation. How often have our individual traditions prevented us from truly loving our sisters and brothers in Christ?


DAY 9 - For all who have let the Church down, Priests, Ministers, ourselves



Day 9 MORNING

We have heard or read of those in ministry who have not only let the Church down but those to whom they minister. That makes us sad but what about us? As Jesus said let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Pray for all who have disgraced the office bestowed upon them that they might acknowledge their sin and seek forgiveness. Pray too that we might be forgiven for those times when we have failed our sisters and brothers. Help us not to be too judgmental of others.

 

Day 9 EVENING

Think of the damage to the Church caused by inappropriate and shameful behaviour. Consider how those outside the Church view this.

Pray for those who have been damaged by the Church that they will be listened to with sympathy and if possible that their faith in God might be restored. 

PRAYER

Father we are sad and ask your pardon for all that we might have contributed by keeping quiet or by putting down others within the worldwide church who are different from us. Forgive our idle gossip.

Think of when Peter denied Jesus 3 times and how He turned and looked at Peter. Imagine him turning and looking at you. What would he see?


DAY 10 - For those who have suffered abuse by trusting Church leaders and others in positions of authority in the church



Day 10 MORNING

We remember the vast numbers who suffered abuse at the hands of Christian institutions. For the unmarried Mothers who have had their babies taken away from them. For children and vulnerable people abused by Priests and Ministers. For all let down by the Church in this sort of way.

Let us keep quiet whilst we remember before God those whose lives have been mentally and physically destroyed because of the abuse they have suffered at the hands of those who should have been trusted. We bring our sadness and sorrow for the damage done to so many victims to our Father in Heaven. 

Day 10 EVENING

Remember before God those who have turned away from their faith on the account of the abuse they received at the hands of those who should have known better.

We hold before Jesus those still traumatised and angry from the abuse to which they were subjected.

Light a candle in loving prayer and kindness for the abused and in the hopes of forgiveness for the abusers


DAY 11 – For the elderly and bewildered


Day 11 MORNING

People are now living longer and they still have so much to offer. Even if housebound they can still pray for us. Let us pray for them.

We are hearing of more and more who are living with dementia or alzheimers. We hold before you Lord our elderly and for those who are bewildered and confused. We give thanks for those who care for them and for families who are affected by these conditions.

Day 11 EVENING

Before we sleep we hold before you all who are confused, for those whose personalities have been changed, for those who are violent without knowing it. Thank you for all who care for the elderly and especially those who live with dementia or alzheimers. We also remember their families

DAY 12 - For Care homes and their staff



Day 12 MORNING

With gratitude we remember those who work in care homes and who see it as more of a vocation rather than a career. Many of these people are on minimum wage and are devoted to those they care for. We thank you God that so many put duty before money. We pray that they may be treated fairly and with respect by those who employ them.

We pray for those who keep vigil in care homes, who will sit beside a person in their dying hours as they have no family or because their family are unable to visit due to such as Covid 19. We thank you for all who show love and compassion as others come to the end of their lives.

Day 12 EVENING

Our prayer tonight is for all who reside in care homes. We pray for any who are treated badly and that those who treat them with contempt may be found out. We thank you for so many good homes and for the companionship within.

 

 

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'