I have loved singing hymns since infant school.
At senior school we had ‘Christian Assembly’ every morning. We had some wonderful hymns which we had to practice in music lessons. Our music teacher insisted that we sang the words of the hymns with gusto every morning in ‘Assembly’! Our headmistress said prayers and read a short bible passage every morning. All this helped me so much when going through those worries and problems we all have during those ‘awful teenage years’.
I wish all schools had Christian assemblies nowadays.
The following are two of my favourite prayers and one bible passage from those ‘Assemblies’.
TEACH US GOOD LORD
Teach us, Good Lord
To serve you as you deserve.
To give and not to count the cost.
To fight and not heed the wounds.
To toil and not to seek for rest.
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Except that of knowing that we do Your Will.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
(Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Prayer at end of Assembly
Go forth into the world in peace: be of good courage; hold fast that which is good; render no man evil for evil; strengthen the faint-hearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honour all men; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost be upon you and remain with you for ever, Amen.
Bible passage: Philippians chapter 4 verses 4-9
(St. Paul writing to the Church in Philippi)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable———–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy————think about such things.
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me————put it into practice.
And the God of peace will be with you.
All through my life these favourite hymns (words and music) have helped me cope with life’s ups and downs. The words help us to cope when things are hard and help us to express our praise and joy when days are good. The music heals us, deep in our heart, soul and spirit.
The following list is just a selection of my favourites. Just click on your favoutite!
We can learn a lot about life from weeds, as these quotes show!
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. Doug Larson
A weed is but an unloved flower. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want something else. In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit. Weeds are people’s idea, not nature’s. Author Unknown
What is a weed? I have heard it said that there are sixty definitions. For me, a weed is a plant out of place. Donald Culross Peattie
Crabgrass can grow on bowling balls in airless rooms, and there is no known way to kill it that does not involve nuclear weapons. Dave Barry
I always think of my sins when I weed. They grow apace in the same way and are harder still to get rid of.
Helena Rutherfurd Ely, A Woman’s Hardy Garden, 1903
But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last. Robert M. Pyle
Weeds are nature’s graffiti. Janice Maeditere
They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants, they just know, and therefore, I’ve concluded weeds must have brains. Dianne Benson, Dirt, 1994
We can in fact only define a weed, mutatis mutandis, in terms of the well-known definition of dirt – as matter out of place. What we call a weed is in fact merely a plant growing where we do not want it. E.J. Salisbury, The Living Garden, 1935
I learn more about God
From weeds than from roses;
Through the smallest chink of hope
In the absolute of concrete….
First time I’ve picked weeds in almost a year. Definitely missed it. I love the smell of dirt and plants revealing their hidden nature. Jeb Dickerson.
A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season. Author Unknown
Criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own. Author Unknown
Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
But they don’t get around
Like the dandelions do. Slim Acres
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. A.A. Milne
May all your weeds be wildflowers. Author Unknown
Free Weeds, U Pick ‘Em. Author Unknown
You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden. Astrid Alauda
Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone. Author Unknown
Many gardeners will agree that hand-weeding is not the terrible drudgery that it is often made out to be. Some people find in it a kind of soothing monotony. It leaves their minds free to develop the plot for their next novel or to perfect the brilliant repartee with which they should have encountered a relative’s latest example of unreasonableness. Christopher Lloyd, The Well-Tempered Garden, 1973
A good garden may have some weeds. Thomas Fuller
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. Author Unknown
Sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste. William Shakespeare
Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds. Author Unknown
Don’t water your weeds. Proverb
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic, 1878
He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds. Henry Ward Beecher
A man’s nature runs either to herbs, or to weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other. Francis Bacon
Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds. Leonardo da Vinci.
Thank you to Michael Garofalo of The Spirit of Gardening for sharing some of these quotations!