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Hello from Rivendell.

You may know that J.R.R.Tolkien described Rivendell
as a perfect place for story-telling and thinking.
Those words have influenced
what I will try to include here.

Each week, hopefully, you will find two items.

In “Sunday Reflection”
there will be a Prayer and a Reflection to think about
based on the Prayers and Scripture Readings for that Sunday.

On Wednesdays
there will be something a little different.
Over the years I have come across all sorts of writings
by many different people.
Not all of them have been by people who believed in God,
but all have believed in people.
The things about which they have thought and written
remind me of what Abraham Lincoln once said:
“I have always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.”

It is quite possible that amongst all that appears
under the title of “Wednesday Thought”
some will find thistles and some will find flowers.
I hope that in most of the writings
you will find more flowers than thistles.

What all sorts of people have said can be of help to us,
and if we reflect on them,
they might influence for good,
the way we are,
and what we think, and say, and do.

If you know of anyone
who might find something here that is helpful,
please let them know of my website address.

 

May you have a happy time reflecting.

Barry

If you would like
to make a comment or contact me,
but without using the comment facility,
and so making sure that
I’m the only one who can read it,
please email me on:
rivendellsfoodforthought@gmail.com

Prayer Thought for April 23, 2021

This year might see the end of Covid19
but it might not.

Whatever happens
it will continue to be important
that we don’t focus
just on ourselves
and any problems we may have.
We must always have other people
at the forefront of our prayers and concerns.

So I will continue to include
just one prayer thought each day,
posted at 9.01am
from Monday through to Saturday.

April 23, 2021

For all who are trying to sort the problems
brought about by climate change.

Smile for April 22, 2021

Charlie Chaplin, an English comic actor,
helped to write a song called
“Smile”.
Among the lines are these:
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
if you just smile.

The recent troubles created by the coronavirus
are quite obviously going to make smiling
a bit more difficult for most of us.
But trying to smile,
like trying not to worry too much,
is still an important thing to do.
So I shall attempt each day
to include a little something
that may bring you a smile.

Each day at 12.01pm
you will find a quotation,
randomly chosen.
Hopefully it will bring you a smile,
and help you to realise that
life is still worthwhile.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Tax loopholes are like parking spaces,
they all seem to disappear by the time you get there.
Joey Adams

Prayer Thought for April 22, 2021

This year might see the end of Covid19
but it might not.

Whatever happens
it will continue to be important
that we don’t focus
just on ourselves
and any problems we may have.
We must always have other people
at the forefront of our prayers and concerns.

So I will continue to include
just one prayer thought each day,
posted at 9.01am
from Monday through to Saturday.

April 22, 2021

That we may be helped to comfort those who grieve.

Smile for April 21, 2021

Charlie Chaplin, an English comic actor,
helped to write a song called
“Smile”.
Among the lines are these:
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
if you just smile.

The recent troubles created by the coronavirus
are quite obviously going to make smiling
a bit more difficult for most of us.
But trying to smile,
like trying not to worry too much,
is still an important thing to do.
So I shall attempt each day
to include a little something
that may bring you a smile.

Each day at 12.01pm
you will find a quotation,
randomly chosen.
Hopefully it will bring you a smile,
and help you to realise that
life is still worthwhile.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Next to being shot at and missed,
nothing is really quite as satisfying
as an income tax refund.
F.J.Raymond

Prayer Thought for April 21, 2021

This year might see the end of Covid19
but it might not.

Whatever happens
it will continue to be important
that we don’t focus
just on ourselves
and any problems we may have.
We must always have other people
at the forefront of our prayers and concerns.

So I will continue to include
just one prayer thought each day,
posted at 9.01am
from Monday through to Saturday.

April 21, 2021

For those who struggle financially or are unemployed.

Wednesday Quotation for April 21, 2021

A couple of poems from Marjorie Pizer
linked to the themes of Spring and Covid 19

Spring

Spring has come
and my heart is rising with the sap.

My winter sadnesses and lonelinesses
are fading in the slow awakening of my soul.

The white blossom of the wild plum
is a song to the sun.

The small grasses are seeding
and little beetles are scurrying around.

Leaves are growing, flowers are opening,
dragon-flies and swallows and bees
are flying in amongst the trees,
and my spring thoughts begin to flower
from out of winter’s lone cold tower.

Rebirth


I am emerging from an ocean of grief,
from the sorrow of many deaths,
from the inevitability of tragedy,
from the losing of love,
from the terrible triumph of destruction.

I am seeing the living that is to be lived,
the laughter that is to be laughed,
the joy that is to be enjoyed,
the loving that is to be accomplished.

I am learning at last
the tremendous triumph of life.

Smile for April 20, 2021

Charlie Chaplin, an English comic actor,
helped to write a song called
“Smile”.
Among the lines are these:
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
if you just smile.

The recent troubles created by the coronavirus
are quite obviously going to make smiling
a bit more difficult for most of us.
But trying to smile,
like trying not to worry too much,
is still an important thing to do.
So I shall attempt each day
to include a little something
that may bring you a smile.

Each day at 12.01pm
you will find a quotation,
randomly chosen.
Hopefully it will bring you a smile,
and help you to realise that
life is still worthwhile.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

It’s true that nothing is certain
but death and taxes.
Sometimes I wish they came in that order.
Sam Levenson

Prayer Thought for April 20, 2021

This year might see the end of Covid19
but it might not.

Whatever happens
it will continue to be important
that we don’t focus
just on ourselves
and any problems we may have.
We must always have other people
at the forefront of our prayers and concerns.

So I will continue to include
just one prayer thought each day,
posted at 9.01am
from Monday through to Saturday.

April 20, 2021

For those without clean water and adequate health care.

Smile for April 19, 2021

Charlie Chaplin, an English comic actor,
helped to write a song called
“Smile”.
Among the lines are these:
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
if you just smile.

The recent troubles created by the coronavirus
are quite obviously going to make smiling
a bit more difficult for most of us.
But trying to smile,
like trying not to worry too much,
is still an important thing to do.
So I shall attempt each day
to include a little something
that may bring you a smile.

Each day at 12.01pm
you will find a quotation,
randomly chosen.
Hopefully it will bring you a smile,
and help you to realise that
life is still worthwhile.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Every year,
the night before he paid his taxes,
my father had a ritual of watching the News.
We figured it made him feel better
to know that others were suffering.
Kevin Arnold

Prayer Thought for April 19, 2021

This year might see the end of Covid19
but it might not.

Whatever happens
it will continue to be important
that we don’t focus
just on ourselves
and any problems we may have.
We must always have other people
at the forefront of our prayers and concerns.

So I will continue to include
just one prayer thought each day,
posted at 9.01am
from Monday through to Saturday.

April 19, 2021

That we may be aware of the needs of the elderly,
the homeless, and the mentally ill.