Thursday, 2 November 2017

An unusual Reformer

God was already stirring up 'renewal' in the hearts of people hundreds of years before Martin Luther was even born. In fact, about 300 years before Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door, Saint Francis of Assisi was challenging the way we relate to God. His quest to recognise God in all things, including nature, birds and animals, eventually left an indelible mark on our Spirituality.

"Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth."

And then, he remarked that the way we treat animals is an indication as to the way we will treat another human being:

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."

I am thankful for his contribution to the church community. May we learn from those who have gone before us. Enjoy His prayer as you go about your day.

"Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously."

Living in Grace

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