Today I am very confused - this is the first day where I have struggled to know what day it is and, even when I was assured that it is Wednesday, I still had to check. This does not bode well for Sunday! I hope you are managing this challenge much better than I am.
I was sent this poem yesterday based on Psalm 23 and I thought you might enjoy it and find it of some comfort whatever challenges you are facing today.
Psalm 23 (Covid 19 version)
The Lord is my companion in social isolation. I am never alone.
He gives me rest in the comfort of my own home.
He leads me along familiar pathways as I take my daily exercise.
And he restores my peace.
He leads me forwards, day by day through this strange existence.
Even though death and sadness are all around me,
I am not afraid, because you are with me.
You hold my hand, you steady my anxious thoughts,
You remind me, it’s one day at a time. I am well fed,
in spite of all the turmoil. I am blessed in an abundance of ways.
Surely you will be with me,
Surely your love, patience and peace will surround me
Throughout this time of uncertainty and far beyond. I am with you,
and you are with me, always, to the end of time.
© Clare Stainsby 2020
Whatever your circumstances, may you know God's presence with you today and always.
Take a moment now to recognise that you are in the presence of God. It might help to slow your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and out.
Let’s pray together:
The Lord is with us. Let us praise his name together.
We say together our family prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Today’s reading is Luke 8:17
For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.
These are the words of Jesus when he is talking to a crowd of people. It comes just after the parable of the sower. Here, he is talking about letting light shine out rather than hiding it away.
- How does your faith shine out in the world?
- Are their times or places when you feel you want to or need to keep your faith hidden?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, we confess that we do not always shine bright in the world with your light. Help us to know the best way to do this in our lives. Amen
Say a prayer today for the persecuted church around the world
On our church list today we pray for:
Ina Harrigan, Sally, Nick, Charlotte and Daniel Jones
Let’s finish by praying this prayer:
In darkness and in light,
In trouble and in joy,
Help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen