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Listing July - 2018
 
  Sunday
Jul-15
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'A Better World' from Intercom Magazine

Being a follower of Jesus means to be 'sent out'. Our spiritual lives ought to be visible on the outside through our actions and dealings with others. The disciples are sent in twos for companionship but also as a team; one person cannot have all the gifts and there is support in working with another.

We might interpret the many demons that they cast out as all those things in the world that are not of the Spirit, the injustices in our world. Jesus sends the disciples out to work for a better world, to bring more love, compassion and peace to those that they encounter. They go and urge people to repent, to turn around. This is one of the goals of their mission and Jesus' mission: to turn the world around.

Jesus' instructions to shake the dust from their feet when they feel unwelcome may seem harsh at first. We too may fear rejection and when we experience it, it can leave us feeling exhausted and upset. Perhaps the message here is to free ourselves and move on; to not let that disappointment and upset control our lives because if we do, we lose our freedom, it holds us back and it starts to define us. In the midst of that experience, our true mission can become lost. As we prepare to welcome Pope Francis to Ireland, let us go out and bring joy and hope to those we encounter.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jul-14
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jul-13
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jul-12
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jul-10
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jul-09
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jul-08
Carl Jung was a world famous psychologist who studied human behaviour at great length and shared many thoughts on why people do certain things. Many people made appointments to see him. One day a wealthy lady phoned him to request an urgent appointment the next day at 3 pm. He said it wouldn't be possible because he was committed to an important appointment at that time. The following day the same lady happened to be in a boat sailing past his garden which led down to the shore of the Lake of Zurich. There she could see him, sitting on a low wall with his shoes and socks off, dangling his feet in the water. She was angry that he had lied to her and that he had no appointment at all. She arrived home and rang him straight away: 'You said you couldn't see me because you had a very important engagement. But I just saw you now doing nothing and sitting on the shore of the lake by yourself.' He replied: 'I told you no lie. I had an appointment. It has been the most important appointment of the week, an appointment with myself.'
Have I made an appointment with myself today or indeed for the coming week?
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jul-07
Carl Jung was a world famous psychologist who studied human behaviour at great length and shared many thoughts on why people do certain things. Many people made appointments to see him. One day a wealthy lady phoned him to request an urgent appointment the next day at 3 pm. He said it wouldn't be possible because he was committed to an important appointment at that time. The following day the same lady happened to be in a boat sailing past his garden which led down to the shore of the Lake of Zurich. There she could see him, sitting on a low wall with his shoes and socks off, dangling his feet in the water. She was angry that he had lied to her and that he had no appointment at all. She arrived home and rang him straight away: 'You said you couldn't see me because you had a very important engagement. But I just saw you now doing nothing and sitting on the shore of the lake by yourself.' He replied: 'I told you no lie. I had an appointment. It has been the most important appointment of the week, an appointment with myself.'
Have I made an appointment with myself today or indeed for the coming week?
 
 
 
  Friday
Jul-06
Carl Jung was a world famous psychologist who studied human behaviour at great length and shared many thoughts on why people do certain things. Many people made appointments to see him. One day a wealthy lady phoned him to request an urgent appointment the next day at 3 pm. He said it wouldn't be possible because he was committed to an important appointment at that time. The following day the same lady happened to be in a boat sailing past his garden which led down to the shore of the Lake of Zurich. There she could see him, sitting on a low wall with his shoes and socks off, dangling his feet in the water. She was angry that he had lied to her and that he had no appointment at all. She arrived home and rang him straight away: 'You said you couldn't see me because you had a very important engagement. But I just saw you now doing nothing and sitting on the shore of the lake by yourself.' He replied: 'I told you no lie. I had an appointment. It has been the most important appointment of the week, an appointment with myself.'
Have I made an appointment with myself today or indeed for the coming week?
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jul-04
Carl Jung was a world famous psychologist who studied human behaviour at great length and shared many thoughts on why people do certain things. Many people made appointments to see him. One day a wealthy lady phoned him to request an urgent appointment the next day at 3 pm. He said it wouldn't be possible because he was committed to an important appointment at that time. The following day the same lady happened to be in a boat sailing past his garden which led down to the shore of the Lake of Zurich. There she could see him, sitting on a low wall with his shoes and socks off, dangling his feet in the water. She was angry that he had lied to her and that he had no appointment at all. She arrived home and rang him straight away: 'You said you couldn't see me because you had a very important engagement. But I just saw you now doing nothing and sitting on the shore of the lake by yourself.' He replied: 'I told you no lie. I had an appointment. It has been the most important appointment of the week, an appointment with myself.'
Have I made an appointment with myself today or indeed for the coming week?
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jul-03
'Do you ever notice that there are 'happy people' peppered throughout the world whom, I have no doubt, are put here for the purpose of lifting spirits as they go about their daily lives? They could be the tea lady in the office, the rural postman on his daily rounds or indeed a DJ on the radio. I like to think I have been blessed by them." ~Francis Brennan

We know well that not everyone is happy and we know some who find it hard to put a smile on their face for many different reasons. We are also blessed to know many people who touch our lives by their smile, their bubbly character, their sense of fun and energy and their positive upbeat approach to life. These people often don't realise what they bring to our lives and our world. But what they do bring is special and our lives would be all the darker without what they bring to us. They are in ways a little outreach of God's care and love in our world.

Are you one of these people? If you are thank you and keep doing what you do naturally. Do you know someone in your life who brings you a smile, keeps you going, gives you a lift when you need it and is someone who makes the world of a difference in your life? If you do count your blessings and if appropriate thank them and tell them so. We say a prayer for them too and ask God to bless the people in our lives who make today special. May they be blessed in their own lives and in everything they do.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jul-02
'Do you ever notice that there are 'happy people' peppered throughout the world whom, I have no doubt, are put here for the purpose of lifting spirits as they go about their daily lives? They could be the tea lady in the office, the rural postman on his daily rounds or indeed a DJ on the radio. I like to think I have been blessed by them." ~Francis Brennan

We know well that not everyone is happy and we know some who find it hard to put a smile on their face for many different reasons. We are also blessed to know many people who touch our lives by their smile, their bubbly character, their sense of fun and energy and their positive upbeat approach to life. These people often don't realise what they bring to our lives and our world. But what they do bring is special and our lives would be all the darker without what they bring to us. They are in ways a little outreach of God's care and love in our world.

Are you one of these people? If you are thank you and keep doing what you do naturally. Do you know someone in your life who brings you a smile, keeps you going, gives you a lift when you need it and is someone who makes the world of a difference in your life? If you do count your blessings and if appropriate thank them and tell them so. We say a prayer for them too and ask God to bless the people in our lives who make today special. May they be blessed in their own lives and in everything they do.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jul-01
'Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.' ~Fred Smith

We all have our own fears and many of them are reasonable and understandable. But we also have fears that are unreasonable. They could best be described using the image of a swimming pool. You are thinking of going for a swim and someone shouts, 'Come on in. The water's fine.' You put your toe into the water and shrink back, thinking the water is too cold. But as you stand and watch, you notice that everyone else in the pool continues having a great time. So you decide to join them and for a few seconds its cold and then you realise the water is fine. The initial fear and reservation is quickly forgotten. The same goes with many of our fears. We allow them to control us. The invitation instead is to use our fears to motivate us onto better things.
 
 

 

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