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Monday, 14 March 2022

FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS: SECOND MONDAY(DAY 13) TO THIRD SUNDAY (DAY 19) by Peter Thorn

At the end of this seven day collection of reflections, you will find two prayers for Ukraine, written by Canon Angela Tilby which appeared last week’s 'Church Times’. (11th May)

Day 13 - For those with mental or physical difficulties or both



Day 13 MORNING

Today our thoughts turn towards all born with mental &/or physical disabilities or both. For any who require constant care and for all who devote their life and time caring.

We remember all who have become disabled through the wilful or careless action of others. For those beset by illness as the cause of their disability

Day 13 EVENING

Hold in your prayers this night those who through their disability will not be able to rest easy. For all in pain or are frustrated. For all who care for them including family members who sacrifice their own lives to provide the love and support needed


Day 14 - For those suffering long term illnesses or untreatable diseases 



DAY 14 MORNING                                         

‘Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications’. These words from Psalm 130 can appropriately be spoken by and for those suffering long term illnesses or who have untreatable diseases. Let us pray on behalf of all who suffer in this way. And let us remember at this time, especially those who are suffering from Long Covid and not able to access the help they need.

The thought of being dependent upon someone else for all our basic needs is hard to imagine, but for some this is everyday life. Our prayer is that those who have no other choice but to live life this way may be watched over this day by our Heavenly Father and we pray that for them there will be a better life in the world to come

DAY 14 EVENING

We thank you Lord Jesus for family members and others who provide care to long term sufferers. May their own lives be enriched by the experience and may God count the blessings their lives have bestowed on others, often without them ever realising this was happening

Lord be with and comfort all suffering long term

 

DAY 15 - For migrants, those on the move, those who have died



Day 15 MORNING

Remember today those fleeing their own country at this time, many of whom will be travelling long distances to escape possible death, rape or torture. Think of those on the seas at this time risking their lives & remember those who have died crossing the English Channel

Day 15 EVENING

May all migrants find a welcome in the country of their destination. We remember the thousands who have finished up in camps across the World and who still hope for a better life. May their hopes be fulfilled. Remember them in the quiet of your heart. 

 

 

 

DAY 16 – For prostitutes and sex workers



Day 16 MORNING

Many who live this life would not have done so by choice. For some it was out of desperation and others by force.

Make known to these people their salvation through forgiveness of all their sins, the loving kindness of the heart of our God

DAY 16 EVENING

Whilst we enjoy the comfort and safety of our homes many will ply their trade on the streets tonight not knowing what will happen to them. Remember those who do this to satisfy their drug or alcohol addiction and keep them from being harmed.

 

DAY 17 – For all victims to addiction



DAY 17 MORNING                                                     

Addiction comes in many forms from drugs to alcohol, substance abuse to sex addiction and gambling. We hold in our prayers the families of all addicts. Those whose lives have been ruined or torn apart through the addictions of a family member. 

We think of all whose addictions have taken control of their lives. We pray that they may recognise they have a problem and then seek help.

DAY 17 EVENING

Be with all children this night who are frightened by an addicted parent or guardian. Bless all addicts owning up to the fact that they have an addiction. Send someone to point them in the direction where they can get help and protect the children of all addicts.

 

 

 

Day 18 - For the homeless



DAY 18 MORNING

Keep in our thoughts those who will this day be homeless. If we should encounter a homeless person today give us the courage to speak to them. Let us not forget, they like us are created in God’s image.

To speak to a homeless person is to give them the dignity they deserve. Help us not to be judgemental but grateful that we have a roof over our heads and a safe place to return to at the end of each day.

DAY 18 EVENING                              

Every time we go to get our door key out let us remember that to be homeless means not having your own door key. Such a small thing in itself but such a massive difference between having one and not having one. Dear Father we give you thanks for our door key, such a small thing as we thank you for our safe lodging this night

 

Day 19 – For the suicidal or depressed



DAY 19 MORNING

For all who will take their lives this day and for any they may involve unintentionally in the process. For all who have to attend to the aftermath of a suicide. Think about all who have severe depression and who contemplate suicide. We pray someone may be on hand to help through this moment of darkness.

If you know of someone who has taken their own life you may well not have realised anything was wrong with them. This is a common occurrence and if you ask someone twice if they are alright they are more likely to open up about any anxieties they may have. May we know when it is right to ask someone twice the question ‘are you alright?’

DAY 19 EVENING                              

For all feeling suicidal tonight. For The Samaritans (Phone 116 123) and all other similar charities who will provide a friendly voice to talk to.

Those whose depression is overwhelming that help may be at hand

For the forgiveness of all who have taken their lives.


Prayers for Ukraine written by Canon Angela Tilby and appearing in Church Times 11th March 2022.


O God, Ruler of the Nations, Holy Wisdom, pour down the peace from above on Ukraine and Russia. Protect their freedoms, unite their people in friendship, and give us, who rightly fear the wrath of war, repentance and right judgement, in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

Merciful and mighty God,

send down your power from on high to quench the rage of war.

Burn up the fuel of aggression,

Destroy all lying tongues,

Suppress the profits of violence

And, because no-one is without sin unveil our own complicity.

Bear up the broken and defend them

Under the wings of your protection

And send the strong peace that comes from above

To heal al wounds, relieve all griefs

And set all peoples free In Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

 

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'