Thy Kingdom Come - Reflection 3

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Thankful Heart

Expanding the heart

Reading
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3.15)

Reflection
In England when we stood outside on Thursday evenings in the summer of 2020 cheering the doctors, nurses and all the wonderful staff of our Health Service, did we realise how much it would change us? By giving thanks, by praising, we learned to put the needs of others before our own. We discovered a deep appreciation for those who put their lives at risk to serve us.

Thanksgiving expands the heart. We cheered other key workers as well. And who would have thought that the person stacking the supermarket shelves was an essential worker? We learned that we belong to each other: that my well-being is tied up with everyone's well-being; that Covid19 won't be dealt with anywhere, until it is dealt with everywhere. This is also the way of Jesus, where we learn that we are sisters and brothers, children of one God.

Let us pray that the people we know, and the whole world, may find the way of Christ.

Prayer
Generous God, fill my heart with thanksgiving for all the blessing I receive in life. Expand my heart, and help me love, support and cherish those who serve me. And today help me to live as sister or brother to all whom I meet.

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