Love and Fear

A long-serving staff member had his final day in our school last Friday and he shared this parting prayer with us (which I would like to share with you):

There are only two feelings, love and fear:
There are only two languages, love and fear:
There are only two activities, love and fear:
There are only two motives, two procedures,
Two frameworks, two results, love and fear,
Love and fear. (-Michael Leunig)

I believe strongly that we must always examine our motivations to make certain that all we do comes out of love (God’s love) and not out of fear. Rev. Ed Bacon speaks of this extensively in his sermons as he sees everything we do coming from “the house of love” or “the house of fear.”

Remember: “Perfect love casts out fear.” May we do all things in love.

Places of Simplicity and Peace

Dear God,

We give thanks for places of simplicity and peace;
let us find such a place within ourselves.

We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty;
let us find such a place within ourselves.

We give thanks for places of nature’s truth and freedom,
of joy, inspiration and renewal,
places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging.

Let us search for these places;
in the world, in ourselves and in others.

Let us restore them.
Let us strengthen and protect them and let us create them.
May we mend this outer world according to the truth of our inner life
and may our souls be shaped and nourished by nature’s eternal wisdom.

Amen.