Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Well we are up and running with remote learning and keyworker care, and a big thank you to all of you for engaging with us, sharing pictures, asking questions and generally just getting on with it – thank you!

The value this half term is Friendship and today I would like us to think about how important our friends are – particularly at the moment when we can’t see them.

I wonder what it would be like if we had no friends?  How would you feel?

Have a watch of the short video called “Lighthouse” and have a think about the characters in the animation….

What was the lighthouse keeper like at the beginning of the video – .what words could you use to describe him?? …….

…..I thought he was hard-working, organised, critical, grumpy, alone.

What were the villagers like at the beginning?…..do you think they were happy, jovial, sociable?  What were they doing?

Now here comes the big question – do you think the Lighthouse Keeper and villagers were friends at the beginning?

Here are some other questions to help you think about the film….

  • What problem did the lighthouse keeper face?
  • Do you think it would be difficult for the lighthouse keeper to ask for help? Why do you think that?
  • Do you think that the lighthouse keeper was surprised when he realised that the villagers were already on their way to help?
  • Do you think that this situation would make a difference to how the lighthouse keeper and the villagers got along in the future?

Sometimes we can struggle to ask for help as we think we can it all by ourselves – but sometimes we need to be able to reach out to seek help – and in order to receive help, we often need to ask for it. This means admitting that we can’t do something by ourselves. The lighthouse keeper was surprised that the people he had looked down on and criticized were the ones who were ready and eager to help him.

In Matthew 7.12, we see Jesus sitting on a hillside, teaching his new disciples the basics of living God’s way. He says to them, ‘Do to others what you would have others do to you.’

Let’s have a quiet moment of reflection and think about the importance of friendship…

    • If you want help, learn to help others.
    • If you want to be shown kindness, learn to be kind.
    • If you want to be accepted, accept other people.
    • If you want to be encouraged, encourage those around you.

 

Prayer of the day

Dear God,
Thank you for people who are there to help us.
Please help us never to feel like we have to manage all alone.
Please help us always to ask for help when we need it.
Please help us to be aware of the needs of others
And to offer help in whatever form that may take.
Amen.