Dear God, today we pray for children and give thanks for their innocence. For their clear, open and uncluttered view of the world.
May we treasure, respect and learn from the innocence and openness of children. May we discover the delight of innocence in our openness to others, to new discoveries and insights.
We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Play a favourite song or tune on your music-playing device, turn up the volume and dance around the room…with a child, a friend, your spouse/partner, or by yourself. Enjoy the simple pleasure of moving your body and being connected to the rhythm and music. What emotions or memories does it evoke in you? If you feel awkward or self-conscious, be gentle with these feelings and simply see if your body can show you a way to let the music move you into deeper freedom – the freedom of innocent pleasure in moving to rhythm and melody.
Reflect on Scripture
Read the short passage below slowly, slowly, slowly, letting the words sink in and letting the images fill you, then sit quietly for a moment or two.
Hold a wondering space within you – I wonder what Spirit might be saying to me today?
It might be that as you read, a word or phrase catches your attention, or perhaps a word returns and stays with you as you sit quietly at the end. Take this word or phrase into the day with you and listen for the ways it offers connections in your living.
Thank you God for ordinary wonderful things, Richard Sharples,
Thank you, God, for the colour of tomatoes and beetroot,
for the different colours and shapes and fragrances of flowers,
for grubby potatoes and funny-shaped carrots –
for the goodness of the earth itself.
Thank you, God, for the taste of apples from the tree –
of blackberries picked straight from the hedgerow;
for the glossiness of conkers and acorns …
Thank you, God, for the smell of baking cakes and real coffee.
for the smell of wood smoke and damp leaves;
and for the lights of home on a dark evening.
Thank you, God, for the kiss of a dog’s wet nose and
for the purring contentedness of a cat.
For all of these ordinary wonderful things – thank you, God.
May we never forget to give thanks to you, Maker and Giver of all.
AmenFrom A Heart for Creation Chris Polhill, (2010), Wild Goose Publications.
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