Monday 20 April

Thought for the day from Ruth Marlow

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”  John 20:29

The first Apostles had their work cut out as they endeavoured to spread the good news of the risen Lord and the promise of eternal life through belief in Him in a world full the concerns, injustices and inequalities of the age.

These are difficult and challenging times too. The daily depressing news of lives cut short and uncertainty for the future takes its toll. It is a challenge to keep negative thoughts at bay. Yet I know I am one of the lucky ones, just a short walk from my house is a beautiful nature reserve. At this time of the year it is alive with hundreds of birds and the unfurling beauty of spring-time; bird song, new leaves, blossom and spring flowers.

With this beauty all around me, I am drawn to the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:4-9

Ruth Marlow is the Diocesan Secretary and a member of the Bishop’s Core Staff Team

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