Zodiac tells us that within all of us there is the capacity to create for God. We can even render God aid. You may think how can God need aid? It is not so much that God needs aid but how much joy and delight he gets when we help each other, when we love each other and when we pray for others in need. When we open our hearts and empathise with our fellow man we become closer to God and at the same time we strengthen our own soul’s. So as we are kept from our church let us not forget the values we want to uphold. Keep praying and making God happy for although it is sometimes difficult God will never abandon us so let us not abandon him.
It was only last week that a very dear friend of mine of some fifty years standing passed to the higher life; not as the result of Covid 19 I would add, but another medical condition. He was the same age as me, and therefore his passing has had a deeper meaning in its poignancy than is perhaps normal. We have both managed to achieve in excess of four score years, but what does that count for, in the scheme of things? I firmly believe that it is the love of God that has brought me thus far, coupled with a sure and positive belief in the constancy of Jesus Christ.
My friend was a devout and regular practising Roman Catholic. We argued a lot over our respective beliefs, but in the long run, we both loved God and His son, Jesus Christ, and considered it an imperative to regularly pray, although not always succeeding in the endeavour.
Having myself just got over the shock of suspected cancer, following scans, biopsies and other bodily intrusions and to eventually be told that the tumours are benign and that other than regular six-monthly checks, I can carry on a ‘normal life’. It does pull one up by the boot straps to thank God for those ‘in excess of four score years’.
In Christ, with love
We are all currently ‘Locked Down’, ‘Social Distancing’ or ‘Self Isolating’ but are we also
praying? Praying for all those wonderful souls who put their lives on the line to help those who may be suffering as a result of this hideous virus. Praying for all those many that have passed to the higher life; for their loved ones who remain, without the ability to say farewell.
Now is that time when our collective prayers are so welcomed by all those on the ‘Spirit side of life’.
Our little church may not be that significant in the context of the whole of Christendom, but it’s ability to pray collectively can be as powerful as any.
In fellowship, yours sincerely
At this time when we are not certain of the future, we ask for a sense of calm for all. At this time when we are seeing so many who mourn there their loved ones who have passed and are worried for those around them, we ask that those in spirit can draw close to bring them the warmth of Love.
At this time when we see those putting their lives at risk to help others, we ask strength for them all to continue.
At this time we pray for the leaders of the world to make decisions not just to help their countries but to help the world as a whole. At this time with so many passing let us not forget the millions who die from starvation every year who need real leaders to make real decisions.
At this time let us also have the courage to look at a mirror and ask ourselves are we doing enough to help others.
We see around us at this time a beautiful change in this world. Every day we see those showing gratitude in so many ways to those who put their lives at risk for all. We see the friendship of neigbours grow, we see the simple tasks of helping someone grow to levels we have not seen before in our lifetimes. We see caring and love grow and grow. Dear Jesus, I ask somehow that all can see the beauty that is growing all around us in this challenging time and I pray we all can feel this so strongly that once this crisis is over we will never want to let this Love and friendship go and we can all make the world a better place to live in. Amen.
As the planes have landed the power and gift of prayers have soared. As the world in many ways has slowed down so many have had time, at last, to think about the simple and most important things in life. Too many had only just thought about themselves but now all see the few who risk their lives for all of us.
A time of contemplation, a time of looking around this small world and realizing how precious it is and how we need to look after it and each other. A time to think of our Lord Jesus and what he did for us, what he gave us, what sacrifice he made for us.
Let us all help all those we can with the power of prayer, the power of friendship and to smile to all we meet in our lives and even the power of a phone call to someone who is lonely. Every little thing we do however small can make the world a better place.
Thinking of you all.
Let us pray at this time for friendship to grow in our world. At a time where we need our friends so much, let us not forget those who really need them now at this time. Whether you are putting your life on the line to help others or at home in self-isolation, loneliness can hit hard and a friend can be the cure. Dear Lord help us all to be more friendly to all we come across. A simple smile, a phone call or an act of kindness can make someone’s day.
We pray that somehow everyone can feel that there is a friend for them today and we thank you for being everyone’s best friend and know you are always holding our hand. Amen.
Paying together tonight was at 8pm but as I am sure we would all like to hear the Queen. Please can we all pray together tonight at 7.30pm this week.