Thoughts on Life

Silence

How difficult it is, Lord, 
to achieve a few moments of silence.  
This noisy world presses upon our senses. 
Even if we shut off TV and radio in our home
we hear the distant hum of traffic
and the vibration of planes overhead. 
Some people are so attuned to noise 
that they shun silence as ominous, 
whereas it has a healing virtue all of its own. 

Prayers of Peace

PRAYER  OF  POPE JOHN PAUL II  AT HIROSHIMA

To you, Creator of nature and humanity,
in truth and beauty I pray:

Hear my voice,
for it is the voice of victims of all wars and violence
among individuals and nations.

Hear my voice,
for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will suffer
when people put their faith in weapons and war.

Hear my voice
when I beg you to instil into the hearts of all human beings
the wisdom of peace,
the strength of justice,
and the joy of fellowship.

Holiness and Justice

The President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference this year, have taken Holiness and Justice as their theme.  I have been reflecting on this with the help of the booklet produced to introduce the theme. ‘God’s holiness is wholeness.  Holy people, holy times, holy places are only holy in that we recognise that we are drawing close to God.’  Therese de Lisieux puts it like this: Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.’   
‘It is not what we do that makes us holy people but what we allow God to do with us.’

Advent Thought

Born in the night, Mary’s child
A long way from your home;
Coming in need Mary’s child,
Born in a borrowed room.
 
The words of this carol have been on my mind throughout Advent. We can’t have failed to see the pictures of refugees on our television screens. Refugees from around the world. In very recent days we have seen the horrific pictures from Aleppo. Among the many people leaving their own countries are women carrying young children, many are pregnant!!

Circuit Prayer - 18th November 2016

 Last Sunday we remembered all those who gave of their lives so that we might live in freedom. At this time I remember the gratitude and love we owe to Christ who gave up his time on earth so that we may have eternal life.

As we move forward I hope that our highest priority is peace and not just an absence of war.

David Adam has always impressed me with his themed prayers of intercession and this section from his prayer ”Order out of chaos” is particularly powerful:-

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