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Week 4 – Thursday

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The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. 

Reading

Psalm 19.1-6
To the leader. A Psalm of David.

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
    and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
    their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them;
    and nothing is hidden from its heat.

Reflection

The movements of the sun, moon and stars punctuate time for us, but we spend much of life trying to diminish the inconvenient aspects of the seasons.

We turn up our central heating rather than putting on a jumper. We buy fruit and vegetables that have been transported from far away because they are not in season. Not being in touch with the natural world can cause us to harm it by using energy and resources needlessly.

Action

With over half of Lent gone, spring is on the way in the UK. Today may be a good time to turn heating controls down a degree or even more.

Prayer

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided —
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

From “Great is thy faithfulness”,
by Thomas Chisholm (1866–1960)

Family Challenge

Notice the changing season
What signs of spring do you notice today? Think of things you enjoy about the different seasons and festivals of the year and thank God for them.

Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.

Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.