Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day Good Morning Brown Clee! This morning I have been thinking about all the things that I am missing at the moment – meeting all the children of Brown Clee as they arrive with their smiles and tales at the start of a school day, sharing a coffee and a laugh with the staff at lunchtime, Friday team-chips, teaching Year 1 phonics and helping them with their handwriting, Fun-Day Fridays when I have the pleasure of being in Class 1 all day, assemblies when we are all together as a team, sharing our thoughts and prayers. All of these things I am missing at the moment, and I know that everyone will have their own lists. But these strange times, when we are stuck at home, is also helping me to really count my blessings and appreciate so many other things – spending lots of time with my daughter, seeing the garden change every day as new plants and flowers grow, enjoying a daily dog walk , watching the birds as they build nests, and enjoying the beautiful Shropshire scenery. I also count my blessings that we are fit and well, and that my friends and family are too, as so many people in the world right now are suffering from loss. So yes we are missing lots of things – but I know that those things will be back at some point in time – and in the meantime, let’s count our blessings that we are with our families, that we are fit and healthy, and our thoughts be with those that are ill, or have lost loved ones. Have a listen to this beautiful song – The UK Blessing – that has been created by 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over our land. These are their words: “Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you. But the church is not simply singing a blessing, each day we’re looking to practically be a blessing. Many of the churches included in this song have assisted with supplying over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in our nation since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline hospital staff. Our buildings may be closed but the church is very much alive!” Prayer of the Day Dear God, Thank you for everything you provide for us day by day. Help us to appreciate what we have and to remember to say Thank you. Amen.