How are you feeling? I've been pondering the idea of lament again. Last night I was watching my brother-in-law, Ric Neale, launch his new single live on Facebook. It's called Difficult Day – which seems quite apt at the moment. In the launch he was talking about why he wrote the song and, almost as a throw away comment, he spoke about the fact that various people are producing things online that are all about jollying us up – making us feel better in this rubbish time. He suggested that this may not be entirely helpful and that we need to be free to acknowledge when things aren't good. Essentially what he was saying is that we need to have a space to lament. I find this a really interesting point of view because, despite not professing a faith (to my knowledge) he seems to be in agreement with a number of theologians.
Hope is important and I believe hope is a choice but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't lament difficult circumstances. Yesterday was Ascension day and again despite the fact that it should be a message of hope, I always feel a deep sense of sadness and loss when I read the story. Today, in the midst of all our current trials and tribulations, we remember that it is the anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack and that many families are still grieving the loss of loved ones. If ever there was a day to lament, then perhaps today is the one.
If you are grieving, feeling sad or just a bit fed up. Why not take the opportunity to pour out that saddness to Jesus today.
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:
Give us the joy of your saving help
and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.
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 Mark 10:13-16
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
- What do you think Jesus means by saying that the kingdom belongs to children?
- What do you think it means to receive the kingdom like a child?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, help me not to have a childish faith but to have a child like faith in you. Amen
Say a prayer today for all children today.
On our church list today we pray for:
Jeffery Blake, Nicola, Raymond, Aiyarnna, Adanna, Amara, Khiara and Kamal Keating-Blake
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
May the almighty and merciful Lord,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless us and keep us.