7.20.2014

Messy Games POSTPONED!



Due to a rainy forecast, today's MESSY GAMES & ICE CREAM BUFFET have been postponed until a later date. 

Stay tuned for rescheduling details. And spread the word to others!

7.17.2014

A whimsical little prayer ...

Source: unknown (found in this book)

Give us, Lord, a bit o' sun,
A bit o' work and a bit o' fun.
Give us all in th' struggle and splutter
Our daily bread and a bit o' butter.

Give us health, our keep to make,
An' a bit of spare for poor folks' sake.
Give us sense, for we are some of us duffers,
An' a heart to feel for all that suffers.


7.14.2014

Each day is a little life, each night a little death ...

"Our Father, each day is a little life, each night a tiny death; help us to live with faith and hope and love. 

Lift our duty above drudgery; let not our strength fail, or the vision fade, in the heat and burden of the day.

O God, make us patient … one with another in the fret and jar of life, remembering that each one of us fights a hard fight and walks a lonely way.

Forgive us, Lord, if we hurt our fellow souls; teach us a gentler tone, a sweeter charity of words, and a more healing touch. 

Sustain us, O God, when we must face sorrow; give us courage for the day and hope for the morrow.  Day unto day may we lay hold of thy hand and look up into thy face, whatever befall, until our work is finished and the day is done.  Amen." 

~Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) 

7.13.2014

Because Love is Patient ...

Lord, because love is patient… 
help me to be slow to judge, but quick to listen, and eager to encourage, remembering your endless patience with me.

Because love is kind… 
help my words to be gentle and my actions to be thoughtful. Remind me to smile because the little things still mean so much. 

Because love does not envy or boast, and it is not proud… 
help me have a heart that is humble and sees the good in others. May I celebrate all that I have and all that I am, as well as doing the same for those around me.

Because love is not rude or self-seeking...
help me to speak words that are easy on the ear and on the heart. When I’m tempted to get wrapped up in my own little world, remind me there’s a great big world out there full of hurts.

Because love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs…
help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me. Gently help me release grudges so I can reach out with a hand of love instead.

Because love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth… 
help me stand up for what is right and good. May I defend the defenseless, and help the helpless. Show me how I can make a difference.

Because love always protects and always trusts… 
help me to be a refuge for those around me. When the world outside is harsh and cold, may my heart be a place of acceptance and warmth. 

Finally, because love always perseveres… 
help my heart continually beat with love for You and others. Thank you for showing us what the word love really means. Amen.

~ written by Holley Gerth, and posted on Taking it one step at a time. http://onestep87.blogspot.ca/