Clair’s Reflections for Canada Day 2020
Whether we’ve lived here all our lives, or have “come from away”, we once again celebrate the best and most beautiful country in the world. Undoubtedly this will be one for the history books! In spite of what some see as doom and gloom that circles around us as the result of COVID-19, I have a strong feeling that we have great opportunities ready to be opened up if we truly trust the promises of Jesus. Now is the time to really get “up close and personal” with Him! We need to be open to His gentle nudges and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. We continue to see leaders such as Dr. Bonnie Henry; the ordinary folks in the “front lines” doing extraordinary things; and right down to the youth all around us who are leading by example doing good and right deeds (such as selling lemonade to raise funds for homeless people). In my mind Jesus is pulling the strings in directing the good works.
I throw out this challenge: SMILE (even under your mask) and say something kind to all the folks you wouldn’t ordinarily acknowledge; COMPLIMENT folks for the smallest contribution they are making to your life; say “THANK YOU” with sincerity, which includes thanking our Lord every day of our lives. These gestures will help you feel better (and the habit gets easier the more one practises).
No matter how much I love my family, friends and folks I encounter, I feel that I need to show my love more for all of them – in words and actions.
These are all ideas you have heard before, but they come to the fore in my mind at this time, and as I hold you all in my prayers.
In closing, I echo Dr. Bonnie Henry’s simple but profound: “BE KIND – BE CALM – BE SAFE”. May God bless each one of us.
NEW READINGS FOR JULY
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost July 5, 2020
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Psalm 45:10-17 Rom 7:15-25a Matt 11:16-19, 25-30
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost July 12, 2020
Genesis 25:19-34 Psalm 119: 105-112 Rom 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 19, 2020
Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Rom 8:12-25 Matt13:24-30, 36-43
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost July 26, 2020
Genesis 29:15-28 Psalm 128 Rom 8:26-39 Matt 13:31-33, 44-52
Teresa Sandiford shared this video link of a mother and son singing…..ENJOY! Click here.