So very British today’s poem, read by Helen-Ann Hartley – New Zealand’s newest bishop:
Thou, Great God, Thou art the ultimate recipient of thanks,
Thou, Holy One, receive praise without end.
Can you know the impact of simple, unaffected gratitude
on an insecure, flagging spirit like mine?
Can you understand that this causes not only delight
I want to push it back.
To shake it off.
To negative the positive.
To make it neutral: ‘it was nothing’;
‘your thanks is nothing’.
Learning to GIVE and RECEIVE thanks are both powerful!
Having been reading Stress doesn’t have to be distressing, I love this:
Even very simple ways of providing support can be very effective. The Harvard Business Review recently reported on an initiative where the Los Angeles office of a national law firm had Partners specifically and sincerely saying “Thank you” to staff, associates and each other. Everyone in the firm began to work longer hours – and burnout all but disappeared.
#Do1NiceThing: Organise a Love Your Streets Easter street party for the Easter weekend in your neighbourhood // I think I might be away at Spring Harvest for this, but I have been thinking about inviting a few neighbours round… if I could fit 25 in my house last Sunday!!
Today’s reading is from Genesis 22:1-18, which is where Abraham takes Isaac for sacrifice .. which Maggi says would have been fairly common in that culture – and then a powerful message of grace and freedom, that we often spend too much time seeking to please other people and appear righteous, whereas God does not spend all that time demanding inhumane things of us…
I’m heading off to a National Trust property today, so I’m going to be pondering that…