Thought for the Week – 8th February 2021

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP

 

“Love is patient, Love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.”

(1 Corinthians 13: 4, 7-8)

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’ ”

Martin Luther King

TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM.

I’m going to ask you to do something that might not come easily.  When you’ve finished reading this, TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM. 

Whether that’s a parent, a brother or sister, another relative, a friend.  Tell someone you love them.  If you find it easy to say “I Love you” to certain people, tell them again, but say it out of the blue.  TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM. 

Not because they said it first, or because you’re really saying “thank you” for something they’ve just done, or because it’s first thing in the morning, or last thing in the evening.  Randomly, suddenly, honestly, TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM.

Knowing we have people who love us really brightens the day.  It helps us make today count for something.  So you’re making someone’s day!  And knowing there are people in your life who you are close enough to that you can say “I love you” should make you happy too!

The Bible verse above gives just some of the 16 different qualities St Paul gives to love in his famous chapter from 1 Corinthians.  In the middle of a pandemic, when we are spending more time at home than before, when we are thinking more about our safety than before, it is important to be patient, and kind with each other.  And to remind each other that we are looking out for each other.  Love doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes, and it doesn’t mean things will be perfect.  But it can give hope and peace when things are difficult.

Martin Luther King, who dreamed of a world where people could love one another in universal harmony, prioritised doing things for others – you can start as soon as you finish this sentence.

TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM.

Stay safe,

Mr Aubrey, Chaplain

ASH WEDNESDAY – WEDNESDAY 17th FEBRUARY

During half-term the season of Lent begins.  Christians remember the sacrifices of Jesus in the desert when he was fasting, and managing the temptations of the devil.  Traditionally, many of us give up a guilty or less-than-healthy pleasure, or try to take on some new improving activity in our lives.

What could you do to mark this season?  Is there an unhelpful routine you’ve gotten into during lockdown that you want to kick?  Or a good routine that you want to work at some more so you keep it going after the lockdown?  As we go into half-term, think about what might be a good thing to take up, or let go of, during Lent.

Many churches are live-streaming Ash Wednesday services to mark the beginning of Lent.  The Church of England’s own services can be found at this link.