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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

Smile for October 24, 2020

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.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Flannery O’Connor said:
Everywhere I go I am asked
if university stifles writers.
My opinion is that
it doesn’t stifle enough of them.

Prayer Thought for October 24, 2020

Don McLean wrote the song
“And I love you so”.
Among the words are these:
“And yes, I know how lonely life can be,
the shadows follow me,
and the night won’t set me free.
But I don’t let the evening get me down
now that you’re around me.”

One of the problems In these lockdown days
is that some of our friends and family
are not around us.
Although we may be safe at home
we are unable to go and see
and be with our friends and family.
We wonder how we will ever cope.
This can result in making us
think too much about ourselves.

So how can we try to make sure
that we do not become too self-centred?
One way that may help, is to pray for others.
Although we may feel that our prayer
will not make much difference,
there is one thing it will almost guarantee:
it can help to make sure that
our thoughts are not just for ourselves.

I was recently reading a book of prayers,
and realised that
if there is more than one prayer,
as soon as I move on to the next prayer,
I forget what the first one was about!
So I thought why not include
just one prayer thought?

I will try to do that
to help focus our prayers.
It will be posted at 9.01am
from Monday through to Saturday.
It may help to make sure
that our thoughts are not just for ourselves.

Another verse in that song is:
“And you love me too,
your thoughts are just for me.
You set my spirit free,
I’m happy that you do.”

October 24, 2020

For those experiencing
major changes in their lives.

Smile for October 23, 2020

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.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Steven Wright said:
I’m writing a book.
I’ve got the page numbers done.

Prayer Thought for October 23, 2020

Don McLean wrote the song
“And I love you so”.
Among the words are these:
“And yes, I know how lonely life can be,
the shadows follow me,
and the night won’t set me free.
But I don’t let the evening get me down
now that you’re around me.”

One of the problems In these lockdown days
is that some of our friends and family
are not around us.
Although we may be safe at home
we are unable to go and see
and be with our friends and family.
We wonder how we will ever cope.
This can result in making us
think too much about ourselves.

So how can we try to make sure
that we do not become too self-centred?
One way that may help, is to pray for others.
Although we may feel that our prayer
will not make much difference,
there is one thing it will almost guarantee:
it can help to make sure that
our thoughts are not just for ourselves.

I was recently reading a book of prayers,
and realised that
if there is more than one prayer,
as soon as I move on to the next prayer,
I forget what the first one was about!
So I thought why not include
just one prayer thought?

I will try to do that
to help focus our prayers.
It will be posted at 9.01am
from Monday through to Saturday.
It may help to make sure
that our thoughts are not just for ourselves.

Another verse in that song is:
“And you love me too,
your thoughts are just for me.
You set my spirit free,
I’m happy that you do.”

October 23, 2020

For those suffering from poverty
and environmental destruction.

Smile for October 22, 2020

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, October 22, 2020

Benjamin Disraeli said:
The difference between
a misfortune and a calamity
is this:
if Gladstone fell into the Thames,
it would be a misfortune,
and if someone hauled him out again,
that would be a calamity.

Prayer Thought for October 22, 2020

Don McLean wrote the song
“And I love you so”.
Among the words are these:
“And yes, I know how lonely life can be,
the shadows follow me,
and the night won’t set me free.
But I don’t let the evening get me down
now that you’re around me.”

One of the problems In these lockdown days
is that some of our friends and family
are not around us.
Although we may be safe at home
we are unable to go and see
and be with our friends and family.
We wonder how we will ever cope.
This can result in making us
think too much about ourselves.

So how can we try to make sure
that we do not become too self-centred?
One way that may help, is to pray for others.
Although we may feel that our prayer
will not make much difference,
there is one thing it will almost guarantee:
it can help to make sure that
our thoughts are not just for ourselves.

I was recently reading a book of prayers,
and realised that
if there is more than one prayer,
as soon as I move on to the next prayer,
I forget what the first one was about!
So I thought why not include
just one prayer thought?

I will try to do that
to help focus our prayers.
It will be posted at 9.01am
from Monday through to Saturday.
It may help to make sure
that our thoughts are not just for ourselves.

Another verse in that song is:
“And you love me too,
your thoughts are just for me.
You set my spirit free,
I’m happy that you do.”

October 22, 2020

For the homeless,
the hungry,
and the unemployed.

Smile for October 21, 2020

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, October 21, 2020

G.K. Chesterton said:
The word ‘good’ has many meanings.
For example,
if a man were to shoot his grandmother
at a range of 500 yards,
I should call him
a good shot,
but not necessarily
a good man.

Prayer Thought for October 21, 2020

Don McLean wrote the song
“And I love you so”.
Among the words are these:
“And yes, I know how lonely life can be,
the shadows follow me,
and the night won’t set me free.
But I don’t let the evening get me down
now that you’re around me.”

One of the problems In these lockdown days
is that some of our friends and family
are not around us.
Although we may be safe at home
we are unable to go and see
and be with our friends and family.
We wonder how we will ever cope.
This can result in making us
think too much about ourselves.

So how can we try to make sure
that we do not become too self-centred?
One way that may help, is to pray for others.
Although we may feel that our prayer
will not make much difference,
there is one thing it will almost guarantee:
it can help to make sure that
our thoughts are not just for ourselves.

I was recently reading a book of prayers,
and realised that
if there is more than one prayer,
as soon as I move on to the next prayer,
I forget what the first one was about!
So I thought why not include
just one prayer thought?

I will try to do that
to help focus our prayers.
It will be posted at 9.01am
from Monday through to Saturday.
It may help to make sure
that our thoughts are not just for ourselves.

Another verse in that song is:
“And you love me too,
your thoughts are just for me.
You set my spirit free,
I’m happy that you do.”

October 21, 2020

For loving care for those who have
mental or emotional problems.

Smile for October 20, 2020

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, October 20, 2020

Herbert Prochnow said:
‘Et cetera’
is the expression that makes people think
you know more than you do.