Help us, God our Saviour

When will it all stop? As I sat to write this, before I went away, the news was of more people who, going about their lawful occasions, had been shot and killed by an man with a gun. What a state of affairs. The gunman in this case, in Munich, having fled from Iraq presumably to avoid a real or perceived threat to his life repays those who gave him sanctuary by killing and injuring their friends and families. What are we to do? One thing is to recognise that these things have always happened. The other is to pray.

What is going on? We have six recovering from broken bones, there are at least two with back problems and it is not just the more senior who are using walking aids to help their mobility. Is it a statistical blip, or is it, as has been suggested, a spirit of infirmity which is seeking to take up residence.

Pray for each other that God will wake us, shake us and remake us so that we wake up and stay awake.

Jesus said, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” You can’t keep watch if you are asleep, I know I’ve tried it. Luke tells us, “Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.” Pray that we may be awake to see His glory.

One of the items in my inbox on return from my summer break was an invitation to join a mindfulness course. The course is for those who need more than a quick fix and want to build resilience into their lives. Jesus said “Take my yoke upon you”, “take no thought for tomorrow” and “take courage, it is I do not be afraid”. If that doesn’t build resilience into your life, nothing will.

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