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#698 #ohashi translates as #chopsticks and #bridge in #Japanese. I began the day listening to #bridgeovertroubledwater #forgrenfell and was thinking about what and who might act as a bridge in troubled times. This beautiful song encourages #hope and #solidarity and felt to me like an #actoflove – a #bridge in more ways than one!

Take time 

#660 #lookingback #lookingahead Taking time to share the things we love with the people we love in the midst of #changingtimes 

Sabbath

#586 #sabbath from #LentChallenge – a nice reminder that #love costs nothing. 

Love

#582 #day1 of #LentChallenge with @bible_society #love as #sacrifice…How would you photograph love?

Salt and Light

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#558 I preached at our #eucharistservice this morning on being #saltandlight and Jesus coming to #fulfilthelaw. #Salt was a valuable commodity in Palestine in Jesus’ time. It was valued for its potential to purify, preserve and lend flavour to all things. #Purity reminds us to be mindful of our standards of honesty, diligence at work, contentiousness, and moral standards. The #preserving quality of salt was likened by a Roman historian and philosopher to putting the soul back into the body – I love that! It serves as a reminder for us to preserve ourselves from corruption. #Flavour speaks of the vividness or radiance of life. If we are living as Christ calls us to, with Christ at the centre of our being, we will be radiant – we will shine with the reflection of Jesus’ light!  Saint Augustine said “Love God and do what you like.” This sounds flippant but when you realise the way God loves you, the only option is to answer that love – this is the greatest task in life and more binding than any obligations of law. I pray that we may find our flavour and radiance, that we will shine with the reflection of Jesus’ light though our words and deeds this week. Amen.

Perspective

#545 #perspective #seethingsdifferently #redeeminglove 

Hearts of glass

#539 A #preciousgift given long ago seems to have broken beyond repair – it’s upsetting when important #symbols of our #love and #affections are #damaged. I’ve been reminded of the importance of our feelings, and looking after one another, whatever damage falls around us.

Human hearts of love
Fragile yet beautiful glass
Easily broken…

Nellie

#518 This is Nellie for #day2 of Happy Animal Life. The goal is to post a picture of your pet once a day for 5 days. Your post demonstrates that you take a stand against #animalabuse. Nominate two people a day to continue with this. I love the way our pets show us something of God’s love…

Today I nominate Amy Stokes Cooper and Karen Charman

Light a candle

#513 #morningprayer #lightacandle for those who #strugglingtoday and over the Christmas period. May they know the #peaceandloveofchrist Amen. 

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