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Footprints on Sand

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

Actions, Reactions and Over-reactions…..

 

The words we say and think have a powerful biochemical effect on our bodies. There’s some pretty interesting science behind all this. Our everyday thoughts and feelings create biochemical reactions to mental and emotional stimuli. These reactions occur not just in the brain, but also in virtually every system of our body. We know that the brain, nerves, immune and digestive systems are all capable of releasing and receiving many of the same peptides. All these systems are chemically linked to our central nervous system.

 

What a difference it makes saying “maybe you’re mistaken’” to someone, instead of loudly declaring “You’re wrong!”  Or genuinely enquiring… “Are you sure?” as opposed to blurting out, “You’re lying!” How we speak to others influences how we all experience our external life.

 

How we speak to ourselves influences how we experience things in our internal life....

Please click the button below to see the full article by Chaplain Shaun Foster, featured within the February/March 2021 Edition

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The Lords Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forever.

Amen

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