Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Recently we have been thinking about the importance of having a positive attitude, and also thought about the many things that we can be grateful for – we have learnt that there are so many things!  Thinking positively, and thinking about the many things that we value and are lucky to have can help to cheer us up if we are down.  In school we often talk about our feelings and we understand that all feelings are valid, and we also talk about how important it is that we can regulate our feelings.

So how are you feeling today? …………….I’m feeling tired, hopeful and optimistic. I’m looking forwards to having everyone back in school again!  What are you most looking forwards to this year, 2021?

The future is unknown – and sometimes the unknown can be worrying….have a watch of this video and see what it makes you think about…

What was the film about?  We all know that last year, 2020, wasn’t what we hoped it would be. There were probably many times when we wished for a time machine that could leap forwards into the future to a time when things would be a bit more normal. Perhaps we still feel a bit like that!

But we are in a new year now, the year 2021, and a new year can feel a bit like being on the brink of the future, the next stage in time.

This time last year, when we were looking ahead to 2020, we had no idea how things would pan out! Many things that happened in 2020 weren’t in any of our plans for that year. It’s OK for us to feel sad about some of these things, and disappointed too.

However, we can also feel thankful and happy about some of the things that we experienced last year, perhaps some unexpected positives.  Can you think of some positives?

One of positives is that I have got to spend much more time with my daughter, as she has been at home with me for the past year, when if the coronavirus hadn’t happened, she would probably have left home to start her career – so I feel extremely lucky and privileged.  Why not share your positives of last year?

We didn’t know what 2020 would hold and, although we have hopes and dreams for 2021, perhaps we are more apprehensive about those dreams because of the surprises of last year.

Christians believe that even though we can’t see ahead to the future – we can’t get in a time machine and jump ahead to see what’s going on! – God is with us in every situation. Christians believe that God is bigger than time, so he holds us even in uncertain times.

Have a quiet moment to reflect, think about how you are feeling about the future – what do you hope for, what things would you like to achieve this year? What are your hopes and dreams for your  friends and family?

Think for a moment about some of the things that might be worrying you. These might be things that you aren’t sure about, or things that are unknown because they are in the future. There is a verse in the Bible that says “‘Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” – which is reminding us that we are in God’s hands and that he will protect us so not to worry.

The future may be uncertain, and there may be things that happen that we don’t expect in the year ahead, but there will also always be things to enjoy and celebrate together.

So if you do have any worries – maybe try and follow Elsa’s suggestions, and ‘let them go!”

 

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you that you are with us in every circumstance or situation.
You know how different and unexpected the last few months have been.
As we look ahead to 2021, help us to remember that you are with us, and you hold the future in your hands.
Amen.

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