Here are some ideas of how to use these reflections:
Pray that God will lead your thoughts.
Sit comfortably, take a few deep breaths and relax.
Let your mind wander as you read the reflection. Write down your thoughts in a notebook. If you are busy, try and pick out something to take with you in odd moments during the day.
You may wish to memorise the Bible verse. Write it out and stick it up somewhere.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Now, after very many months, life is starting to change, albeit cautiously. Possibilities and activities are opening up. There is even hope of a haircut! With this new found freedom come commitments and we find ourselves needed once more for grand-parenting duties. Whilst we are thrilled about this, it is demanding in terms of time and energy and, consequently, we have decided that, for now, this will be our last Reflection. In a way it’s ironic that this time, on the edge of change, feels like a time when it’s important to reflect, to pause, as if arriving at the top of a steep hill. The way ahead is before us, hopeful and interesting but unclear and it seems right to cast a glace back, before we move on, at the path we’ve travelled. Which of your recent experiences do you value? Which memories will you treasure? Which experiences have been hardest? What do you bring with you as you move on? How has the experience changed you? Looking ahead, what are you concerned about? What gives you hope and confidence? How does it feel to be able to look ahead once more? The positive? And the more troubling?
Thank you for reading our Reflections. Writing them has been eye opening, a source of joy and sometimes amusement as unlikely themes have opened up in surprising ways. You will have noticed that most of our subject matter has come from simple observations of the turning seasons, from gardening or from the ordinary daily events of family life. As we look around us every day, God is present drawing our attention to look closer. Wherever you are, whether at home or out enjoying a new freedom, we are sure you will have similar experiences and find yourself stopping to reflect and seeing where your thoughts lead you. Spring is here now and creation has much to say. There may be challenges ahead but our Bible verse tells us that God is with us all the way, uphill and down, our encourager, our shepherd and our guide. Stay safe.
With love Jerica and Lindsay
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