Posts from December 2020
As we look forward to a new year, we are still in the grips of the Covid 19 pandemic. It’s normal to be experiencing negative thoughts and feelings during times like these. Suppressing these natural responses to difficult circumstances can be damaging. We need to let our grief be grief; our weariness be weariness; our anguish be anguish. Hope doesn’t ignore the…
Life can be crushing. It’s important to acknowledge that. Hope is not the same as blind optimism. Hope’s eyes are open to the brokenness around us. But Christ is there in the brokenness. He comes alongside us in our weariness and distress. ‘But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33)
Rhino camp, Uganda: home to 120,000 people from South Sudan and DRC, they want to return home but only when it is safe to do so. Give thanks for VSO helping the most vulnerable in this camp providing food and encouraging self-reliance. Pray for VSO and other organisations helping in these and other refugee camps across the world.
There are floods in Cambodia displacing 60,000 people. There are wild fires in Syria destroying olive groves and people’s livelihoods. We feel impotent Lord, but we know our prayers can help, so we pray.
Remember all the Christmas appeals for money: ask the Lord to bless these charities as they feed bodies and minds, clothe many to keep out the cold and visit those in prison. What can I give Him poor as I am………Yet what I can I give Him, give my heart. That is what our Lord wants; speak to Him today.
Give thanks for those who are receiving shoe boxes lovingly made up in UK, may they know Christ at work in their lives.
In the darkness of the night a new Light was born – Christ our Lord and our Redeemer. Give thanks and be quiet with Him on this His birthday.
Traditionally a time for family get-togethers: let’s pray for families scattered around the world, or even nearby, who cannot be together. Pray the distance that separates them may become miles of love between them. Remember too those who have no family or no home, for whom there is “no room at the Inn”, living as refugees in a foreign land.