to the Churches of Whitchurch with Tufton and Litchfield in Hampshire, UK
where God has been worshipped for over 1200 years
Our Prayer for Monday
Schools and colleges, children and young people
We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives.
We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education.
We pray that all might be nurtured and cared for and that every needful resource would be made available – that all lives can flourish even in these difficult times and that no-one would be overlooked.
BLESSING THE DAY
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A Few Words From Revd David
Thomas à Kempis was a Dutch-German Medieval Theologian who was ordained into Agnietenberg monastery in 1413. He remained there for over 70 years, devoted to copying manuscripts and to directing novices. He wrote a devotional book called Imitatio Christi (Imitation of Christ), it is considered one of the most influential works in Christian literature. Indeed, Methodist founder John Wesley said it was the best summary of the Christian life he had ever read. Thomas à Kempis said;
‘We must imitate Christ's life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do.’
This Lent why not read a copy of Imitation of Christ, or another book that will take you on a journey of self-reflection and contemplation. Do not confuse Lent as a time to beat yourself up to be a better person for God because God does not require this. Rather, quite the opposite, use Lent as a time to set our relationship with Christ on fire with love and a desire to become more intimate in our devotion to live by his teaching in newness of life by his Holy Spirit. Kempis once prayed:
Grant to me, O Lord, to know what is worth knowing,
to love what is worth loving,
to praise what delights you most,
to value what is precious to you,
and to reject whatever is evil in your eyes.
Give me true discernment,
so that I may judge rightly between things that differ.
Above all, may I search out and do what is pleasing to you;
through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
The Reverend David Roche
Area Dean and Priest in charge,
All Hallows, Whitchurch with Tufton and Litchfield