Tag Archives: Time

Morning Offering: 01. 21. 12

Today’s Reflection: This is so Beautiful! – Winter In All Of Our Lives
There is a winter in all of our lives,
a chill and darkness that makes us yearn
for days that have gone
or put our hope in days yet to be.
Father God, you created seasons for a purpose.
Spring is full of expectation
buds breaking
frosts abating and an awakening
of creation before the first days of summer.
Now the sun gives warmth
and comfort to our lives
reviving aching joints
bringing colour, new life
and crops to fruiting.
Autumn gives nature space
to lean back, relax and enjoy the fruits of its labour
mellow colours in sky and landscape
as the earth prepares to rest.
Then winter, cold and bare as nature takes stock
rests, unwinds, sleeps until the time is right.
An endless cycle
and yet a perfect model.
We need a winter in our lives
a time of rest, a time to stand still
a time to reacquaint ourselves
with the faith in which we live.
It is only then that we can draw strength
from the one in whom we are rooted
take time to grow and rise through the darkness
into the warm glow of your springtime
to blossom and flourish
bring colour and vitality into this world
your garden.
Thank you Father
for the seasons of our lives. — Author unknown
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 01. 07. 22

Today’s Reflection: God,
help me to find the time for you
in the midst of my busy days.
Give me the grace
to know when I need
to take a moment alone for prayer. —Kay Gregg.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 08. 28. 21

Today’s Reflection: Lord God, in the midst of the busyness of life, help me to slow down and carve out time for conversation with you, just as I make time for other important relationships in my life. Remind me to take opportunities throughout the day to be present with you. Amen. — Jesuit prayer site
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 08. 05. 21

Today’s Reflection: God dwells outside of time,
outside of what you call “past” and “future.”

God is now
where your soul, too, belongs. — from A Mystic Garden.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 07. 24. 21

Today’s Reflection: Lord, what am I when compared to this flower? What are you in giving this flower to me? How can I live my life to notice these simple gifts? The simple beauty of the flower stirs my need to know you better. I pray today, God, not to pretend to know you but to wait patiently as you reveal yourself to me over time. — from The Sacred Garden.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 04. 09. 21

Today’s Reflection: Help me, Dear God, to take my time and to share it with others. — excerpt of The Sacred Garden, Soil For The Growing Soul.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 11. 26. 20

Today’s Reflection: God dwells outside of time,
outside of what you call “past”
and “future.”

God is now,
where your soul, too, belongs. — excerpt of A Mystic Garden, Gunilla Norris.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.

Morning Offering: 11. 08. 20

Today’s Reflection: Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my harried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.

Give me,
Amidst the confusions of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music
Of the singing streams
That live in my memory.

Help me to know
The magical power of sleep,
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations
Of slowing down
To look at a flower;
To chat with an old friend
Or make a new one;
To pet a dog;
To watch a spider build a web;
To smile at a child;
Or to read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me each day
That the race is not always won by the swift;
That there is more to life
Than increasing its speed.

Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.

Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life’s enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of our greater destiny. — Orin L. Crain.

Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a.m.

Morning Offering: 10. 29. 20

Today’s Reflection: The windchime caught my ear but the changing hosta captured my eye: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… — from Ecclesiastes 3.
Morning Offering is a daily post by Joe Barkovich, who lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Daily photo by Joe Barkovich.
Morning Offering is posted by 8 a. m.