May 2020 Moments of Meditation From UUCW

Thursday, May 28, 2020

May 28 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. In celebration of Shavuot. Aaron

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May 27 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. In memory of George Floyd and all those who continue the the fight for justice. Aaron

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May 26 moment of meditation , reflection and prayer. For all the gardeners out there! Aaron

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Monday, May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day

May 25 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. May we keep faith with those who have gone before on this Memorial Day. Aaron

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

May 24 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. Happy National Brother’s Day Marc R. Payson! Aaron

‘BROTHERS’ BY ANDREW FORSTER
Saddled with you for the afternoon, me and Paul
ambled across the threadbare field to the bus stop,
talking over Sheffield Wednesday’s chances in the Cup
while you skipped beside us in your ridiculous tank-top,
spouting six-year-old views on Rotherham United.
Suddenly you froze, said you hadn’t any bus fare.
I sighed, said you should go and ask Mum
and while you windmilled home I looked at Paul.
His smile, like mine, said I was nine and he was ten
and we must stroll the town, doing what grown-ups do.

As a bus crested the hill we chased Olympic Gold.
Looking back I saw you spring towards the gate,
your hand holding out what must have been a coin.
I ran on, unable to close the distance I’d set in motion.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

May 23 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. May birdsong bring relief to your longing. Aaron


Friday, May 22, 2020

May 22 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. In honor of National Maritime Day. Aaron


Thursday, May 21, 2020

May 21 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer on National Emergency Medical Services Day. Blessings, Aaron


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

May 20 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer on National Be A Millionaire Day. Aaron

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

May 19 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. I pray that we all become prisoners of hope. Aaron


Monday, May 18, 2020

May 18 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer in honor of National No Dirty Dishes Day! Blessings, Aaron


Sunday, May 17, 2020

May 17 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. What feeds and strengths your promise this day? Aaron


Saturday, May 16, 2020

May 16 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. What miracle are you watching for? Aaron

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Friday, May 15, 2020

May 15 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. Imagine, dream, hope. Blessings, Aaron

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

May 14 moment of reflection and fun. Happy National Chicken Dance Day! Aaron


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

May 13 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. What will you tell your bees? Aaron


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

May 12 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. Happy National Limerick Day. Aaron

Let’s hope for the flattening of the curve
It’s bound to happen, need to keep our nerve
The timing is critical
Must think logistical
Think positive, shop smart, CONSERVE

By Jack Ellison


Monday, May 11, 2020

May 11 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. Spring is a time to feel a host of thoughts. Aaron

Lines Written in Early Spring By William Wordworth

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?


Sunday, May 10, 2020

May 10 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. For all those who mother. Aaron

Blessing for Mother from John O’Donohue – To Bless the Space Between Us

Mother,
Your voice learning to soothe
Your new child
Was the first home-sound
We hear before we could see.

Your young eyes
Gazing on us
Was the first mirror
Where we glimpsed
What to be seen
Could mean.

Mother,
Your nearness tilled the air,
An umbilical garden for the seeds
Of thought that stirred in our infant hearts.

You nurtured and fostered this space
To root all our quietly gathering intensity
That could grow nowhere else.

Mother,
Formed from the depths beneath your heart,
You know us from the inside out.
No deeds or seas or others
Could ever erase.


Saturday, May 9, 2020

May 9 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. For all the healthcare workers. Aaron

FOR A NURSE by John O’Donohue

Your mind knows the world of illness,
The fright that invades a person Arriving in out of the world, Distraught and grieved by illness. How it can strip a life of its joy,
Dim the light of the heart
Put shock in the eyes.
You see worlds breaking
At the onset of illness:
Families at bedsides distraught That their mother’s name has come up In the secret lottery of misfortune
That had always chosen someone else.
You watch their helpless love
That would exchange places with her.
The veil of skin opened,
The search through the body’s night
To remove tissue, war-torn with cancer.
Young lives that should be out in the sun
Enjoying life with wild hearts,
Come in here lamed by accident And the lucky ones who leave, Already old and in captive posture. The elderly, who should be prepared,
But are frightened and unsure.
You understand no one
Can learn beforehand
An elegant or easy way to die.
In this fragile frontier-place, your kindness
Becomes a light that consoles the brokenhearted,
Awakens within desperate storms That oasis of serenity that calls
The spirit to rise from beneath the weight of pain,
To create a new space in the person’s mind
Where they gain distance from their suffering
And begin to see the invitation
To integrate and transform it.
May you embrace the beauty in what you do
And how you stand like a secret angel
Between the bleak despair of illness And the unquenchable light of spirit That can turn the darkest destiny towards dawn.
May you never doubt the gifts you bring;
Rather, learn from these frontiers Wisdom for your own heart.
May you come to inherit
The blessings of your kindness
And never be without care and love When winter enters your own life.


Friday, May 8, 2020

May 8 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. May you be touched by an angel today. Aaron

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

May 7 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. On Our National Day of Prayer. Aaron


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

May 6 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. In honor of nurses and all healthcare workers on National Nurses Day. Aaron

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

May 5 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. For our teachers on National Teachers Day. Aaron

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Monday, May 4, 2020

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

May 3 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. May you to slumber well from your spiritedly duties. Aaron

A fairy slumbers on the cupboard shelf
As the glass moon fades in the morning light.
Her spiritly nightly duties done
A well-earned rest at last she’s won. (AR Payson 2020)


Saturday, May 2, 2020

May 2 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. Awake the purple of the year! Aaron

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Friday, May 1, 2020


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