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Elizabethofseasons Report 29 May 2014 23:24

Dear All


A prayer for Ascension Day:


"Lord Jesus, we remember how you returned to your Father on the first
Ascension Day.

Although we cannot see you with our eyes,
we know that you are still with us as your promised you always would be.

Thank you for being our constant friend.

Help us to remember that you are near and that you will never fail us.

Help us to come to you when we are frightened, disappointed or lonely and
may we remember to tell us our joys and happiness too".



Take gentle care
With best wishes


Elizabethofseasons Report 29 May 2014 23:19

Dear All


Many congratulations John on the safe arrival of your grand-daughter.

Take gentle care
With very best wishes to all your family,


JackBunion Report 29 May 2014 22:26

One of the best recordings of Amazing Grace was by Iris Williams 43 (yes, 43!) years ago. Cannot find it on youtube, and hope you won't mind me posting one of her other songs:

Iris was born in 1946 in Rhydfelin near Pontypridd and brought up in the Cardiff Valleys. Father American, mother from Valleys. She lives in America now, but often visits her family in Rhydyfelin area. An ex work colleague of mine was married to a younger sister and obviously knows Iris quite well. She is a lovely girl, totally unspoilt by success. And what a wonderful voice.


JackBunion Report 29 May 2014 22:03

Many thanks for video and HSR, Cynthia. Lovely words in both.

One of my favourite saints was Rector of Olney near Milton Keynes. A large and rather bluff man who had made his money out of being a slave ship Captain. A man who swore and drank more than most. Yet a man who had the most humbling experience and lived his life out as a faithful and gentle servant of his Master. He experienced that amazing Grace.

I had one or two cwtches (cuddles) with my darling granddaughter Amelie yesterday. It was the most fantastic experience. God has created such a beautiful child, and I look forward to many years watching her grow and develop into a lovely young lady. A real answer to prayer, and my daughter was really touched by the messages on Hayley's thread and elsewhere.


SylviaInCanada Report 29 May 2014 21:58

Happy Birthday, C

:-D :-D :-D


Cynthia Report 29 May 2014 08:46

Good morning. :-)

Still rather grey and miserable here today, but we still have much to be grateful for .

Some thoughts for today:

Happiness is something we create in our mind,
It’s not something we search for and so seldom find,
It’s just waking up and beginning the day
by counting our blessings and kneeling to pray,

It’s giving up thoughts that breed discontent
And accepting what comes as a gift heaven-sent,
It’s giving up wishing for things we have not
And making the best of whatever we’ve got,
It’s knowing that life is determined for us,
And pursuing our tasks without fret, fume or fuss,
For it’s by completing what God gives us to do
That we find real contentment and happiness, too.

- Helen Steiner Rice.

Have a good day and special thoughts to all friends who need our prayers. Cx :-)


Cynthia Report 28 May 2014 08:33

Good morning

I hope there is better news for Emma's granddaughter's young friend today.

I am shortly off to Liverpool as my OH has his 6 monthly appointment with the Parkinson's nurse. It's looking rather grey and miserable outside, so I thought I would try and lift the mood with some words from a popular hymn. :-)

Colours Of Day

Colours of day dawn into the mind
The sun has come up, the night is behind
Go down in the city, into the street
And let's give the message to the people we meet

Chorus: So light up the fire and let the flame burn
Open the door, let Jesus return
Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow
Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show

Go through the park, on into the town
The sun still shines on, it never goes down
The light of the world is risen again
The people of darkness are needing a friend


Open your eyes, look into the sky
The darkness has come, the sun came to die
The evening draws on, the sun disappears
But Jesus is living, His Spirit is near

Enjoy the moment......

Cx :-) Remembering kandj and all who need our prayers.


GoldenGirl1 Report 27 May 2014 13:06

Thank you Cynthia :-)

My thoughts and prayers to kandj and those in need of comfort,
also to A.... My grand daughters young friend <3

Emma x


Cynthia Report 27 May 2014 08:40

Good morning.. :-)

How lovely to have some feedback when I arrive here each good to see you all.

It was good to have John back with us and to hear about his Sunday worship. To hear the 93 year old lady singing 'Bless This House' must have been a very moving moment for everyone who was there.

Our prayer for today and thinking of kandj, Emma's friend and all those who need a spiritual 'hug'.

Christ, be our hope
when sadness overwhelms us.
Christ, be our strength
when testing times are near.
Christ, be our light
when darkness would engulf us.
Christ, be our cornerstone
when quaking in our fear.
Christ, be our victory
when we lay our lives before you.
Christ, be our all-in-all,
today and evermore. Amen.

- Alison Judd

Take care everyone. Cx :-)


GoldenGirl1 Report 26 May 2014 11:53

Thank you for that information John as you know I'm
a great fan of HSR.

I say a special prayer for a 17 year old I know who is in a coma,
for her family and friends and for those who's lives she touched.



Allan Report 26 May 2014 10:27


It's good to see you posting again, and congratulations on the safe arrival of you grand-daughter




JackBunion Report 26 May 2014 09:10

OH!! Forgot an important bit. HSR attended 20th Street Methodist chapel in Lorain (now Lighthouse United Methodist) and was a Bible teacher there and that was where she honed her public speaking skills. :-)


JackBunion Report 26 May 2014 08:55

Yesterday, we had a bring something yourself local arrangement in chapel. They are lovely services and very informal. We sit round in a circle (about 30 yesterday so a large circle, and pick some hymns and readings).

One lady of 93 sang a soprano (sic) solo of "Bless this house" and hit all the high notes perfectly - some feat at 93.

I chose the 10 commandments of HSR (given by Cynthia earlier this week) and said a few words about HSR that I had "wickied". Not sure many know much about her, though she did write an autobiography that I intend to read.

Born 1900 as Helen Steiner to a working family (father a railway worker) in Lorain on banks of Lake Erie in northern Ohio.

Became a leading public speaker in her 20's and could command $150 for a speech.

Met her husband Mr Rice in 1927 - he was a wealthy banker and they married in 1928 in great wealth. Cruise in Caribbean, massive house, six cars etc.

Crash of 1929 made them relatively poor. He committed suicide in 1932, like so many tragic bankers after the Crash.

She wrote verses for a card company to keep body and soul together and rest is history. Died about 1980.

Everybody in chapel loved her verses, but had no idea about her life. Hope that is interesting for some who look in and like HSR but knew little about her.

Baby Amelie is such a blessing for us and her parents. Daughter says she is such a good baby, as she was herself 32 years ago. Never seen anything quite so beautiful in my life as when Ellie was born - she was like a porcelain doll. Can't believe it was 1982 :-0

Have a lovely Spring Bank Holiday (two weeks before Whit Sunday but still Whit Bank Holiday, I think). I keep all of you in my prayers.


Cynthia Report 26 May 2014 08:17

Good morning everyone......and yes, what a lovely picture of new baby Amelie. Absolutely beautiful...... :-)

An interesting prayer/poem for today:

Ponder....Wonder Wonder....Ponder

In the shadows of my mind,
Lurk questions and conundrums,
About the purposes of life,
And where does mankind come from.

I cannot view a lovely flower,
Or take in some awesome scene,
Without wondering about it all,
And what it really means.

I constantly am struck,
By the marvels of the world,
Yet, no less am I affected,
By baby boys and girls.

And I have so many questions,
At the death of any man,
"His time to go," is what they say,
I find this hard to understand.

If I express my puzzlement,
To wiser men than I,
They always say that God decides,
When one is born or dies.

And if I further question them,
About what I still don't understand,
They merely say, "Have faith, my friend,
This is God's plan for man."

"Have faith," they say, "God's plan for man,"
What exactly does that mean?
"Faith," they smile and say to me,
"Is the main theme of God's scheme."

Faith is believing in a God,
That one cannot see or hear,
Though His works are all about us,
He is beyond men's eyes and ears.

Faith is accepting God made man,
And earth, and sky, and sea,
And through His love and by His grace,
He gives man eternity.

Faith is trusting in a God,
Who loves us, one and all,
Who cares enough to punish us,
But will not let us fall.

But, still I question suffering,
Which seems unfair, unkind, unjust,
Does it come from this same God,
Who loves us all so much?

Wise men say, if we have faith,
We'll understand things by and by,
But I would like some answers now,
Must I wait until I die?

Do explanations replace faith?
Or does faith take the place of proof?
Ponder, wonder - wonder, ponder,
Do even wise men know the truth?

If we understood the all of God,
And how He operates,
In Him, there'd be no mystery,
Thus, there'd be no need for faith.

Is this what mankind really wants?
I honestly think not,
I think we'd rather take on faith,
Whatever God hath wrought.

- Virginia Ellis

Hope everyone has a good day..... Cx :-)


SylviaInCanada Report 26 May 2014 00:46

lovely to see John's new avatar!

she's gorgeous! :-)


SuffolkVera Report 25 May 2014 18:47

Still thinking of Kandj and other friends in need.


Cynthia Report 25 May 2014 08:00

Good morning and hello to 'Grandad' John! :-)

Another Sunday is upon us.....where does time go?

The Collect for today :

God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Remembering kandj and all those know to us who need our prayers.

Have a peaceful day... Cx :-)


GoldenGirl1 Report 24 May 2014 13:04

Still in my thoughts and prayers, kandj and those in need of comfort,

Emma x


JackBunion Report 24 May 2014 08:55

Cynthia. I so enjoy your postings. Feel like a turf fire now myself.

Have come on briefly just to thank a special person for sending me Proverbs 17 v 6

"Children's children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children. "


Cynthia Report 24 May 2014 08:47

Good morning :-)

This Blessing Is For You

May the blessing of light be upon you,
Light on the outside ... light on the inside.
With God's sunlight shining on you,
May your heart glow with warmth
Like a turf fire that welcomes friends
And strangers alike.

May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes
like a candle in the window,
Welcoming the weary traveler.

May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you,
Falling gently on your head,
Refreshing your soul with the sweetness
of little flowers newly blooming.

May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you,
Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean,
Sparkling after ... in the sunlight.

May the blessing of God's earth be on you
And as you walk the roads,
May you always have a kind word for those you meet.

May you understand the strength and power of God
in a thunderstorm in winter,
And the quiet beauty of creation
and the calm Of a summer sunset.

And may you come to realize that
insignificant as you may seem
in this great universe,
YOU ARE an important part of God's plan.

May He watch over you
And keep you safe from harm.

- Roma Downey.

Enjoy your day everyone.......Cx :-)