Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
This week we are due for our annual health check with the Doctor. Don’t anticipate any problems but it is good to get things checked out, I suppose. Do we take a spiritual health check as seriously? Indeed when did we last have one? I know we go to church regularly, recite the familiar words, sing our favourite hymns, listen politely to the sermon and then go home for another week. Is that enough? Yes, you will make your private prayers during the week and they are just that, private and personal, so that how you pray to God is up to you. What I am suggesting though is putting the kettle on for a nice cup of tea, drawing up a couple of armchairs round the fire and sitting down for a good old chat with your Best Friend; metaphorically speaking of course. Being your Best Friend, you can tell Him all your troubles, worries and doubts, not forgetting to thank Him for all His goodness and His love for you. He knows you, loves you and understands you, better than you know yourself, in fact! Naturally, any conversation is two-way so do listen to what He has to say.
As a structure try starting of the day by thanking God for the new day and for the opportunity it presents for you to do His Will. Then ask yourself, “What can I do for God today?”
At the end of the day, set aside some quiet time to review the past day with gratitude. Try the following:
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years