Pause for Reflection
Abbi at Proverbs 31 Living has an interesting challenge going and that is to read the bible in a year and blog about some reflective questions she is going to ask herself about her reading. That got me thinking about the practice of spiritual reading or divinio lectio which monks use as part of their daily round of prayer. This practice of reading and reflecting might be something that all of us could find helpful, have you got a book that means a lot to you, where you find wisdom ? Could you take some time every day or week to read a little bit and them reflect upon it and ask questions about what it means to you in everyday life ?
As part of Abbi's challenge I re-read Matthew Chapter 1, a bit of text that I have always found rather boring I confess ! However, this week it got me thinking, all that long line of people who are listed as ancestors, men and women whom we know little about, what were they like ? Yet, each one of them contributed something precious to the future.
We all have people who have been part of our lives in the past, we talked about grandparents last week. But what about that special teacher who recognised you ? The chap who helped you at the petrol station ? Your Mum who worked long hours to provide for you? Each one contributed to your life and are people towards whom you can feel gratitude. All those people who made you who you are today, let's give thanks for them !