Archive for February, 2016

Lent 17 – The Place Where We Are Right

Posted: February 29, 2016 by leighannegreenwood in Uncategorized

I picked this poem before looking at the 40thoughts for the day. I think they fit quite nicely.

The Place Where We Are Right

From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the spring.

The place where we are right
Is hard and trampled
Like a yard.

But doubts and loves
Dig up the world
Like a mole, a plow.
And a whisper will be heard in the place
Where the ruined
House once stood.

– Yehuda Amichai

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40thoughts: own your errors

40acts: today’s the day to pop the question

Leeds Prayer Diary: Unity in Poverty Action

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Lent 16 – Words To Live By

Posted: February 27, 2016 by leighannegreenwood in Lent

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40thoughts: pause and be alone for as long as you can

40acts: you got a friend in me…

Leeds Prayer Diary: St George’s Crypt / Lighthouse and Faith Lodge / Joanna

Lent 15 – God With Us

Posted: February 26, 2016 by leighannegreenwood in Lent

Today’s reflection is taken from something I recently wrote for college and continues some of my reflections from Christmas about Jesus as Emmanuel..

I believe that Jesus is God with us and for us and like us, the presence of the creator made visible in his creation.

I believe that he is God come into our world and taking our form, so that he could know us better and we could know him better.

I believe that he is God entering into the dirt and mess of our lives, so that we could see that is where he has always been.

I believe that he is God opening himself to joy and love and friendship and pain and disappointment and despair, to reassure us that all of these things are part of being human.

I believe that he is God touching the leper and welcoming the outcast, to teach us that we are all loved and we must all love.

I believe that he is God nailed to a cross and walking out of an empty tomb, to tell us that love and hope and goodness will always win.

I believe that he is the clearest picture we have of God, so when we see that he is wise and kind and passionate, that he has a heart for the ignored and the oppressed, that he is driven by love and a desire for wholeness, we see that God is all of these things too.

I believe that this is the most incredible and fundamental truth, the beautiful paradox that makes the world make sense and helps me understand how I can live in it.

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40thoughts: be disrupted

40acts: push the boat out

Leeds Prayer Diary: Christian in Business Leeds

Lent 14 – Influence

Posted: February 25, 2016 by leighannegreenwood in Lent

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40thoughts: 5 x 5 minutes on mute

40acts: acknowledge someone

Leeds Prayer Diary: Christians Against Poverty

Lent 13 – When I Say I Am A Christian

Posted: February 24, 2016 by leighannegreenwood in Lent

Today’s reflection comes from Emma F.

Pondering lent I was thinking how impressed I am by Jesus’ humility and how I need to get a better grasp of living out humility in my life. I found this poem –

When I say I am A Christian

 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not shouting ‘I am saved!’
I’m whispering ‘I get lost’ that’s why I chose this way.

 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak with human pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble – needing God to be my guide.

 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on.

 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt.

 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t think I know it all.
I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught.

 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are all to visible, but God believes I’m worth it.

 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartache which is why I seek his name.

 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority – I only know I’m loved.

 

 – Carol Wimmer.

 

Maybe take some time to express some gratitude to someone who models Jesus’ humility in your life.

 

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40thoughts: deny self

40acts: first fiddle is overrated

Leeds Prayer Diary: Suitcase and Spectacles

Lent Day 12 – Lead Me

Posted: February 23, 2016 by leighannegreenwood in Lent

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40thoughts: tell stories to each other

40acts: chocolate everywhere

Leeds Prayer Diary: Sunflower ESOL

Lent Day 11 – Seasons

Posted: February 22, 2016 by leighannegreenwood in Lent

Today’s post has been suggested by Emma K, and comes from the Northumbria Community’s Celtic Daily Prayer, Aidan readings for April 21st.



I have observed through the years that most Christians have little understanding of the word ‘season’. Our Lord is a seasonal God; He comes, He departs, His faithfulness never changes, but His seasons do! There are seasons when the tree is green, there are seasons when it is dry, and seasons when, for the life of us, the thing looks dead. Now, does this mean you are serving some capricious God who comes and goes by whim? Or, could it be, that it is only through seasonsthat true growth may come?

Paul said, ‘Does not nature teach us?’ Fruit from a tree comes to us as a result of three or four seasons.

The Christian and the Lord’s body both need rain and sunshine, cold and hot, wind and doldrums.

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40thoughts: sing hymns

40acts: different strokes for different folks

Leeds Prayer Diary: Leeds Christian Community Trust