Angela Ashwin

Reflection for  Early Autumn


'Always seek to do good to one another
and to all.  Pray without ceasing.'

St Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5: 15,17

When we pray,
we are not doing so for ourselves alone;
we bring the world with us.

As members of the human race

we belong to each other,
so when we open ourselves to God
our small fragment of humanity
is held in the divine light
on behalf of everyone.

Thus our prayer, including our silence,
is an offering of love
for the world,
through the inter-connectedness of things,
as we receive and give again
the love which pours out towards us
from the heart of God.

'Lord, may the space in my heart
become a place of communion with you,
from which my prayer may flow out
in love to the world.'

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

This is an expanded version of the meditation entitled 'For all the World', in 'Wait and See' by Angela Ashwin, Published by Eagle,
1997, Meditation 17, page 48. This book and its companion volume
'Wait and Trust' are out of print, but illustrated copies are available second hand.
The CD Rom 'Wait and See' can be obtained from McCrimmons Publishers.