Here in South Australia this last week has been especially challenging for many of us.
Reflection of the Week - 12 May 2020
Posted in Faith
“Families” can mean many things. They can be our own families,
a Church family or families that have invited us in and included us in their lives.
It doesn't necessarily mean a father, mother, brother or sister,
but no matter what the relationship, we need to love and to value them.
Sometimes in the 'busyness' of our lives
we get caught up in the frantic pace of work, play, friends etc
and lose sight of the simple, beautiful times that we can share as a family.
These times can be filled with the blessings of children's laughter and playing,
as well as loving together.
I need sometimes to take stock and see if the face I show at home
is the same face that I show the world - one of patience and tolerance.
I should never forget that the people I know so well and with whom I spend
most of my time, deserve the same consideration that I feel I need.
Dear Lord, teach me to plan quiet times to be with my family,
times to listen to each other and count our blessings as we experience
your love and your peace.
Show me how to slow down and try not to crowd so much into my life as well as the lives of my family.
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