Tomorrow is the 4th October and the feast of St.Francis, a saint who has a particular association with animals and creation. If anything, tomorrow's feast reminds us to tread carefully in this world and to try not to leave too big a footprint in the earth's resources. All of us are challenged today to look to how we use the limited resources of our world to ensure that future generations have something left to use and a planet to live well upon.
Yes we do over do somethings, but there are also developments and changes that we need to give thanks for and to recognise how we humans can and do take care of God's beautiful creation. I am never ceased to be amazed by the developments in alternative sources of energy especially solar and wave power and the fact that many people in so many ways do all they can to care for creation; be that recycling as much as possible, planting bee friendly gardens or making do with and mending what one already has. Not everything in the garden is negative.
At the Church of the Good Shepherd in Murrayfield our church garden is a source of energy for the bees and enjoyment for the local population. Our garden is not just ours but open to everyone to enjoy 24/7, 365 days a year. It is a place of quiet beauty and an oasis in the city. Why not pop along and experience it?
The Prayer of St.Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
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