Tag: The Revd Canon Joyce Smith

Look at the birds of the air !

Another Tweet from my friend Joyce

This little robin sees signs of new life in the buds on the tree and looks forward to renewed joy. You just have to wait and trust. The Future is here! Don’t keep running around and chasing what is already in front of you.
You may well know this little ditty by Elizabeth Cheney

Said the robin to the sparrow,          
‘I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.’         

Said the sparrow to the robin,
‘Friend I think that it must be,
That they have no Heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me.

Of course the Sparrow is only half right. Our Heavenly Father certainly cares about the birds of the air but he does care for us too and he provides for all we need, even if that isn’t always quite what we want! Why not read and pray over Matthew 6:25-34 (NRSV or in your favourite version if you prefer

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.
Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Spring officially begins on March 21st but Nature doesn’t always check  the Calendar . Which is fine because the sooner Spring begins the better. We could wait a while longer but why don’t we take to heart what Pope John Paul II said in the picture quotation above. Let the Future begin today.

And don’t spoil it with anxiety and worry. There are two words which are underpinning this time in our lives and in our world. Kindness and Trust. Let God be kind to you and in return Trust Him. That’s what Jesus teaches.  Do not worry.! Easy to say; harder to do I know. But The Robin has arrived and the other birds are singing. Those vulnerable creatures trust God and rejoice. Why can’t we?

[Mr G & Joyce]

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved.

Be Thankful

My friend Joyce has sent me another picture ponder.

The words are a famous quotation from the teaching of Meister Eckhart.

Eckhart von Hochheim was born about 1260 and lived until 1320. He was born in Tambach in Germany and was called by God to be theologian, philosopher and mystic. He became a Dominican monk.

In saying that Thank You should be at the heart of our praying he is telling us that it is a way of receiving all the goodness, love and grace which God gives us and the Salvation He brings to us in the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ. So our Thank You is a turning to God with gratitude. In the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives,we place ourselves within God’s loving friendship.

This also takes many Christians right to the heart of the Eucharist which is our central act of Thanksgiving (that’s what the word means) which keeps us connected and close to God and, of course, as with the squirrel, fed!

However, and in whatever state we turn towards God; whatever mood, perplexity, uncertainty draws us and, it must also be said, whatever joy and hope and celebration and excitement draws us, if those two words – Thank You – are on our lips and in our soul then it is, as Meister Eckhart says, all we need. It is enough.

The Squirrel is more grateful than it may seem to us! Squirrel’s love to forrage for food but they don’t always seem to show gratitude to us! But I do believe they are very grateful to God. Have you ever watched them chasing around the garden, up and down trees, playing with each other? They are capricious, joyful, and one of life’s great celebrators. That’s why I just know they live close to God and are thankful.

Thank You Joyce for sharing this Picture Ponder with us.

[Mr. G]


Since posting this last night I’ve come across a ‘Thank You’ squirrel so I thought she ought to be included as further proof that squirrels really do know how to say ‘Thank You’

Indestructible Love

Another Tweet from my friend Joyce Smith.
A reminder to us that at the heart of the gift that God gives us in Jesus is a guarantee, a pledge and a promise by God that His relationship with us, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is rooted in self-giving Love.
A Love which can never be taken from us.

As the first letter of John (4:9-10) assures us:

God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loves us.

And as Pope Francis says – that love is indestructible !