Thought for the day, Sunday 13th November

“From radiant dawns
You hope for shining clear days.
Love appeared, but then shattered me
Like many others I do not name
For they know who they are.
I know myself as someone
Who constantly mourns Love.

The peasant says, “Wait for evening
Before you praise the day’s beauty.”
Understanding so late
Makes me cry out: “Alas my life!
Where is the rapture
And peace of Love
She gave so lavishly at first?”

Hadewijch of Antwerp

Thought for the day, Saturday 12th November

Psalm 8 reimagined by Christine Robinson

“Many-Named One
   beyond imagining–
When I contemplate the night sky,
  the cosmos which all unfolded from a speck,
galaxies, stars, this beautiful earth—
Who are we humans, that you attend to us?
   mere mortals in our tiny corner, and you love us?
  We are life come to knowing and feeling.
The whole world is in our hands.
  plants and animals, oceans and ice caps, rain forests
  atmosphere and ecosystem.
Touch our hearts, O God,
make us worthy of this trust
Help us care for life on this beautiful earth.”

Thought for the day, Friday 11th November

“Send Thy peace O Lord,
which is perfect and everlasting, that our souls may radiate peace.
Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may think, act and speak harmoniously.
Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may be contented and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts.
Send Thy peace O Lord,
that amidst our worldly strife, we may enjoy Thy bliss.
Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of Thy grace and mercy.
Send Thy peace O Lord,
that our lives may become a Divine vision and in Thy light, all darkness may vanish.
Send Thy peace O Lord,
our Father and Mother, that we Thy children on Earth may all unite in one family. Amen.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Thought for the day, Tuesday 8th November

“A Unitarian holds the view that no-one has yet found the final and complete truth. We can, however, try to grasp a good measure of it and hold it till we become capable of something more. The search for truth has its own reward – it brings new meaning and dignity into life.”

Gábor Kerecki (1914 – 1995), Unitarian minister

Thought for the day, Sunday 6th November

“O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds,
and whose breath gives life to all the world – hear me.
I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Let me learn the lesson hidden in every leaf and rock.”

 ‘Red Cloud’ (Mahpiua Luta), 1822 – 1909, chief of the Oglala Lakota nation