Dramatic sky at sunset / sunrise

THE DIOCESE OF NEWALA will very soon welcome sisters and brothers who’ve travelled all the way from our own household of faith here in Bramhall to learn from them and to carry the greetings of “mother giraffe” to “baby giraffe” (to use the metaphor in the gift of Bishop Oscar’s beautiful sculpture). Our love and prayers and thoughts and hopes will travel with them and we’ll look forward to hearing all about their adventures when they return.

I recently came across a beautiful Hindu prayer that will bring to mind our Newala pilgrims and their lovely hosts throughout these summer days. It illustrates the cross-cultural nature of prayer for me whilst calling us to pay attention:

Listen to the salutation of the dawn.
Look to this day;
In its brief course lie all the verities
and realities of our existence:
The bliss of growth, the glory of action,
the splendour of beauty.
For every yesterday is but a dream
and every tomorrow is only a vision
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
and every tomorrow a dream of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day,
For such is the salutation of the dawn.

May all our summer days be happy and richly blessed; may we bring happiness and blessing to those around us; may we continue to pray for soon-to-be Deacon Paul Deakin and his family, and for one another – so that we may rejoice in summer 2013 as happy, holy-days.

for Bramhall St Michael & All Angels | 1st July 2013