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Today’s Reflection

A note from the author: “Celtic Christians acknowledged God’s presence in every aspect of living—from waking to sleeping, from birth to death, from mundane chores to momentous celebrations. They perceived God’s creation as a holy gift. Gratitude characterized their way of being as they affirmed the source of life and gave thanks through blessings.” (p 12)

BLESS OUR WAKING

Bless this day and all who wake.
Bless all who wake.

Bless this day and all who weep.
Bless all who weep.

Bless this day and all who fear.
Bless all who fear.

Bless this day and all who laugh.
Bless all who laugh.

Bless this day and all who hunger.
Bless all who hunger.

Bless this day and all who hope..
Bless all who hope.

Bless this day.

—Beth A. Richardson
Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings

A Celtic blessing from page 25 of Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings by Beth A. Richardson. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What ordinary things or mundane chores surround you today? Name those thing as you say your own blessing prayer. “Bless this ______. Bless this ______.” etc.  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
—Matthew 5:3, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
(From a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick) Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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  • Andrea June 10, 2019, 7:20 am

    This reflection strikes me with its beauty. I am grateful for a wonderful day yesterday with my daughter and grandson, a fun and productive time several days ago quilting with friends at my house, and beautiful walks around the pond.

    Continued prayers for Mary and Molly after the loss of their parents within a very short time. Prayers for Connie, may the dizziness abate. Prayers for Julie, Robert, Erich and Anneliese, Jill and Larry, Lou and her children, Betsy and Hartison,, Marcy and Mary, and all dear UR friends. Wishing all a blessed day.

  • Connie June 10, 2019, 7:58 am

    Beth always share such inspiring messages. Bless her and bless this day.

    • April June 10, 2019, 10:13 am

      I also like Beth’s simple and “complete” messages, Connie. I hope we have a whole week of Beth. Blessings and I hope your dizziness passes quickly.

      • Connie June 11, 2019, 8:30 am

        Thanks so much, April.

  • Julie June 10, 2019, 8:18 am

    What a lovely prayer and worth remembering its message. May we see each day and all it brings as a blessing from God.
    I had an enjoyable day yesterday with Megan. We signed up at the Carnegie Library main campus for their summer reading program. They have quite the kickoff with music, puppet shows, games and activities as well as food. Then we went to Pittsburgh Arts Festival. It is a juried art show/sale. There are hundreds of vendors and several large art installations, some from other countries.
    Prayers for Mary and Molly as they mourn both parents and prepare for their father’s funeral.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich on this long awaited closing day. Their hard work continues, as now they will move and settle in. May God bless them with employment and a wonderful church family.
    Prayers for Connie and her health issues, weight loss and dizziness.
    Prayers for Marcy and Mary, mat both be well.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell and thanks for grandsons and ponds.
    Prayers for Betsy and Harrison, and prayers for her brother’s health.
    Prayers for safe travel for Jill and Lou.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you dear UR family

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling June 10, 2019, 9:47 am

    Thank you everyone for your prayers!

    May God bless you abundantly!

    • April June 10, 2019, 10:19 am

      My heart goes out to you Mary in the days since the passing of your Mum and Dad.
      Bless this day and all who mourn, Bless all who mourn.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling June 10, 2019, 11:01 am

        Thanks sweet April!

        May God bless you and your family abundantly!

  • robert moeller June 11, 2019, 5:29 am

    Thankful for terrific weather and a great lunch yesterday. Achieved all the goal of a trip with my son yesterday. Found a great Korean restaurant and enjoyed lunch there, picked up cat food for Pearl and the weather was great.

    It has been a very long time (1957) since I visited Pittsburgh, the name Carnegie rings out now as then. Glad Julie you wer able to go with Megan and have a very enjoyable day.

    Yes, Mary and Molly, God lift your spirits as you remember your Mum and Dad.. Remembering them is a great blessing.

    Originally closing on the condo was the 10th, it was moved to the 17th, a quiek announcement moved it back to the 10th, but that problem resolved, it is on the 17th. Getting ready for the move.

    Anneliese, while not pain free, is doing better than she has in a while. Planted seeds in the garden, cleaned her car, and had the grandkids over for cooking lessons. The latest treatment took the “edge” off the pain.

    Will try a new church on the 23rd, hopeful that it is an inclusive UMC church.
    The vast majority of New England Conference churches are, but there are traditionalists too. Prayers that this issue which has divided the church will be resolved in a godly manner.

    “Bless this packing. Bless this move.” Thank You, Lord.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling June 11, 2019, 6:57 am

      Thanks Robert!

      May God bless you and your family abundantly!

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