God in all things (‘toolbox’). Finding God in all things is a theme of Benedictine spirituality. Our response to that God is present everywhere is one of profound thanksgiving. The tool:Pick a task that you can perform regularly. It can be anything from driving a car to preparing a meal to making particular phone calls. Then, each time you do this task, put on a heart of love and listen for God. Do a nightly thanks review. At the end of each day record three to five things for which you were thankful. My guess is that over time, your daily list will expand as you put on the glasses of thankfulness as you view the world. Take a Thankfulness Walk. Begin with your sight. As you walk, look around. Give thanks for the ability to see. Then move to hearing. Give thanks for your ability to hear. Give thanks for each and offer prayers for those who cannot hear. Be a spontaneous give of thanks. When something wonderful happens, give thanks. When something bad happens, try to give thanks, too. The latter is difficult. Give thanks for the people who are helping you through a difficult time, or who share your joy!
Sunday 11 March, the Fourth Sunday of Lent is our ‘Come Home Sunday’ when we shall invite the non-practising members of our families and friends, and neighbours to rediscover the church as their Home! We are making a spiritual preparation for this mission and welcome!
Source: St. Benedict's Toolbox, The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living by Jane Tomaine (extract)
A Prayer from Grahame Park - an appreciation of the place where we live
"It's very simple to me. I love where God has put me. I adore my home. I love every nook and cranny. I am in utter astonishment that every moment there, can be just for me. I love my balcony. I love my living room. I love my upstairs. I love my downstairs. I love my bathroom. I love my toilet. I love my door. I love my letterbox. I love the mat outside my house. I love the road that leads me to the shops. I love the shops. I thank God for the shops. I love the four churches to choose from. I love the park in front of me. I love Quakers Course from which I can bus off. I love the people I can speak to if I want. I love that I shall be there as long as God wants me to be there. I love the fact that God has listened to me and I shall be happy in my home. I thank God for what he has given me."