November is the month of remembering. Remembering our loved ones departed, remembering all those killed or injured or affected by war in the 20th century and today; remembering the saints and martyrs of the church and for some remembering the Gunpowder Plot in the 17th century. We remember these events in different ways with poppies, services, with fireworks and bonfires and simply by lighting candles and laying flowers.
November is also a good month in which to pause and reflect on the year coming to its end and to remember what one has done or not done; what one might need to do in order to make amends and what one can commit oneself to do in the coming weeks in the lead up to Christmas and the new year. I always think November is a better month to do this in as December and Advent can get too full of other events that we cannot get the same space to think as November offers us.
So pause, reflect and pray and use November as an opportunity to look forward and build upon the past and as a time to let go of those things that you no longer need or those things that weigh you down.
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