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RYM Daily Lenten Moment

Day 28 : 'Gifts from God'

Every day is a true gift from God!

Some days are just extra special - and yesterday was one of them!

For most of the day - I was blessed to be in the company of many great youth ministry colleagues from across England and Wales.

We make up CYMFed (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation) and this was one of our Members Meetings in London.

I consider many of those around the table to be not just colleagues but real friends!

As we discussed many of the issues relevant to Youth Ministry - I just looked around the room and marvelled at the wonderful talents and gifts that we all bring in our ministry to young people across the country - and also at the gift of our many friendships!

We all work in different aspects of youth ministry - some working with teens, some with young adults, others in dioceses, some with religious orders or movements - but we all share a deep passion for bringing Christ to young people where they are!

CYMFed plans national events like Flame - and organising events on this scale is no mean feat. It involves many people using their God-given gifts and talents - and it's truly amazing to see people working together for the glory of God.

In the evening I had the honour of enjoying the company of a good friend in London to share her birthday!

The whole evening reminded me once again of 'gift'!

As we ate dinner - and as the sun set beautifully over the London skyline and River Thames - I was just struck by the 'gift of life'.

We often forget on a day to day basis - to thank God for the gift of life - the gift of today, the gift of creation and nature! For the gift of friendship - the gift of a smile - the gift of good company!

It's so easy to take things for granted in life - but let's try to appreciate these gifts more!

We finished the night attending a wonderful Classical Music concert at the Royal Festival Hall. And once again - all I could think of was 'gift'.

Talented musicians and choristers, soloists, conductors and composers - all using their God given talents to bring enjoyment and happiness to others!

So today - maybe we can try to thank God for the gifts and talents He has given us - and ask Him to help us use them more to give Him glory!

Let us never take our gifts and talents for granted! May the gift of life be something we give thanks for daily!

Paul Murphy Coordinator of Redemptorist Youth Ministry (RYM).