Despite our two children’s increased independence which results in them being out of the house for considerable amounts of time, Helen and I currently find ourselves more housebound than usual. The reason? – waiting in for deliveries that have been ordered for work, M13, and the occasional household item too. It’s proving a challenge to plan our days so that at least one of us is around when Parcel Express, DHL, Hermes, DPD and a whole load of other firms besides, attempt to drop off stuff that’s been ordered, and that’s before the annoyance of couriers that claim to have been here but find the property empty.
So what have we learnt? Well, apart from never trusting any correspondence from Yodel!, (as well as acknowledging as I type, that this is a minor first world annoyance for me !) – for me I guess there is a renewed appreciation for those who are are living as sole carers, for those who are still shielding, and for those for many more reasons, who find themselves housebound. I was reading this morning of the new plans to “green” our city, with a new urban park to the east of Piccadilly station – wonderful when it finally comes, but only if you have the chance to access it.
Pray today for those whose lives are so taken up with the care of either others or themselves, that they are unable be outside, and be renewed.
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Keep the faith
Wednesday 5th August
- Mark this time as one set aside for God by focusing on your breathing.
- Count to 5 as you breathe in, hold your breath for another 5, and then exhale slowly again counting to 5.
- You might want to think about the things you want to receive from God: holding a word in your mind as you breathe in, and equally share with Him a word concerning something particular that you want to hand over and leave with Him (perhaps a worry, care, concern or failing) when you breathe out.
“Conduct yourselves wisely towards outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone”. Colossians 4:5-6
Think: How can you be salt and light to the world currently?
How do you ensure that you make the most of your time?
"Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5.17
Church family: Briyanna Mvoto, Yinka, Yoanna and Zaza Elizabeth, Ore, Fifi and Victoria
Make the advice found in the bible reading today a prayer for yourself.
Pray for those researching and testing new and future vaccines.
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.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
And a final blessing
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with us,
wherever He may send us.
May He guide us through the wilderness,
protect us through the storm.
May He bring us home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown us.
May He bring us home rejoicing
Once again into our doors.