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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Week 2

 

The New Year is often a time for fresh starts, new beginnings. Resolutions or renewed intentions to live differently in some way. This year is different. This New Year has not begun in the way any of us would have hoped. As we now find ourselves in a third National Lockdown, with most pupils once again at home, amongst the many challenges this brings, there is, among many, a sense of weariness. Weariness can take many forms and may be felt differently by different members of our school communities. Staff, children and parents will all have their own experiences of being weary. So too will we all have our own experiences of moments that lift the weariness. 
As I reflect on the week past, I recall moments of encounter that have lifted my weariness: 

  • Waving my arms with pronounced exaggeration to the action songs on our ‘Rise and Shine’ family worship on Zoom.
  • A bitterly cold, but beautifully bright, morning stroll along the waterfront.
  • A family quiz on Zoom.

As you begin a new week, perhaps you can spend a few moments reflecting.

  • In the last week, what made you smile?
  • If you are feeling weary what might make a positive difference?
  • Is there anything you could do to bring a moment of relief to someone who is feeling weary?

 

Jesus said: ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’  Matthew 11:28 

‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, as indeed you are doing’  

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Sometimes,” said the horse.
“Sometimes what?” asked the boy.
“Sometimes just getting up and carrying on is brave and magnificent”

Charlie Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

 

For further thoughts on Matthew 11:28 see
https://www.sacredspace.ie/scripture/matthew-1128-30-2

 

 

Week 1

 

There was once a farm, which had been in a family for generations. Eventually, the property was sold and a neighbour bought it. One day, the new owners were walking through a field when they noticed a strange rock sticking up out of the soil. After washing it, they took it to a jeweller where it was confirmed that the ‘old stone’ was, in fact, a large, uncut emerald - a priceless jewel!
 
The gemstone had been in the field for hundreds of years. The previous owners had overlooked it, because it looked like an ordinary rock.

When we ‘discover’ something, we are really finding something that already exists even though we were unaware of it. Something may look ordinary, but is in fact unique and special.
 
Who or what do we walk past and overlook? 
What parts of ourselves (the treasure within us) could be uncovered if we delve further?
Where can we inspire others to seek out the best in themselves?

 

Christians are advised to keep searching for God’s will for their lives, helping them to uncover what is right under their noses, but that has not been recognised.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves. Steve Maraboli




 

 

 

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