Saturday, 24 October 2020

On the Peace that Passes Beyond All understanding

 My experience of God is not one that is found through the prism of life in all its business, interaction or out and about through fellowship in the community, for my life is one of isolation and separation, simply to survive. My experience, then, is one, rather, of silence, withdrawal, limitation, inability, pain, negation and indescribable agony, going on decades. It is one of necessary silence and enforced stillness, brought about by continual, unpredictable, repeated brutalising paralysis and pain so vast that its intensity is unimaginable and its continuity over so many many years, flabbergasting.

 Into this life, my God has come, gentle, bright, warm, present, compassionate, encouraging, inspiring and uplifting. His peace, truly not of this world, is the gift He brings. A peace that flows around, between, within each painful moment and infills all my being with His Love. It is vast, ever flowing, gentle yet strong, here yet there and everywhere at once. 

  It becalms me. It strengthens my heart and keeps me safe. It blesses me in its tenderness. It encourages my faith and knowledge. It keeps me in the present moment, rather than in the loss of the past or the fear or longing of the future. 

  It stills me in my distress. It is golden and resonates with beauty. It is all that sustains me through every moments trial and bodily torment.

When I lose awareness of it, I am battered. When I find it, it is everything, for it lives in me and I become one with God in it and He is ever-present in me.





 

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

More prayers

 Help us to hold on to you, Lord

Through all our trials and difficulties

Help us remember that you are always with us

And never abandon us.

Amen


Be our Light to guide us, Lord

Whenever we feel lost

Wherever the way is unclear

Shine in our hearts to keep us safe

Amen`




Thursday, 8 October 2020

Prayer of a Silent Man

 My wife was in such incredible pain in her knee that sleep was impossible. Out of that distress and feeling of helplessness to alleviate it, came this song, which is my prayer to God for His help.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=njqOCOPgdjI



Sunday, 4 October 2020

Short prayers

 These prayers were written many years ago for our local parish,

May they bless you,


We ask for healing

We ask for love to grace our lives

We ask in confidence and faith

Knowing that it is for this Lord

That You came into the world.

Amen


Flood our lives Lord,

With Your Holy Light

May we receive blessings and healings now.

Amen 


Lord, may our lives be blessed by Your Love

May Your Life be blessed by our love.

Amen


May our love and knowledge of You

Be ever deepened

May we grow in our relationship with You

Moment by moment.

Amen


Let us radiate Christ’s Light throughout the whole world

Let our lives shine bright.

Amen


Let us find our own inner Presence of Christ

And there may He kindle hope, healing, love and trust 

In us all.

Amen


Help us Lord to always find Your Peace,

That perfect Peace, not of the world,

That lifts, unburdens, strengthens and gives hope.

Amen


Lord, guide us ever on our path,

Let our ways be Your Way,

Let us feel the Power of Your Love

Working in our lives.

Let us feel safe knowing that we are Loved

By You.

Amen


Sunday, 20 September 2020

Bless each marriage

Bless each marriage

Bless each one

Both separately and together

May you feel the blessing of love and caring

That was tenderly bound into your wedding vows

May love reside and grow

May understanding bless you both

May all that flows between you 

Be blessed with kindness

May all that is misunderstood

Be resolved

May all the stresses of the day 

Be wrapped in each others hearts 

Bringing strength and comfort to the other

May problems and anxieties melt away

And be resolved

When held in the Mighty Awesome Trinity

Each of whom bring you a special blessing

A gift to help you both powerfully 

Through times of trouble

And bless you mightily 

In times of joy.

May you always receive good counsel from each other

And when the path ahead is unclear

When illness, grief and difficult problems strike

And there seems to be no answer

May you be blessed by your companionship

To work things out together

Knowing that you are held in the Heart Of Love

Where Miracles, Mercy and Joy overflow

And kindness is available at any time

In all abundance

To sustain you.

Amen





Friday, 4 September 2020

Silence - the fullness of God


 Silence is the fullness of God! The word is complete within the silence. All creativity exists here. This is where the unuttered becomes known. It is where what is not yet become, is revealed and arises.

If we listen we can hear in the silence for the silence is not empty, as imagined and perhaps even feared. It is a vast fullness of awe and wonder where life itself and all being originates from. And all things are possible. And even things we do not appear to know can be found here, prompted by the spirit, entered into with the heart wide open, for this is how creation becomes. It already exists in invisible realms that we can only feel and know when we step into the silence and place ourselves in a state of waiting and listening.

Here we find the tunes of the angels dancing in our souls and the messages of God: the Word alive and aloud and very very present in the apparent emptiness of life yet to be created. This is the exciting joy of revelation, bringing new things into being, greater than we can think or imagine sometimes. For all creation emanates from this profound silence where all is full and yet to be revealed.

Do not be daunted by the normal, the habits or the seeming emptiness of life: the future can be full of wonderful things, new ideas, new thoughts, new knowledge, new creation and gifts yet to come, especially when we enter into silence and there find God, in all His awesome mystery and splendour, revealing beauty unimaginable and joy unbidden.

Sometimes it is better to rely not just on what we know, on what is familiar, but ask for new ears to hear the fullness of God’s heart and new eyes to see what is possible and new, yet to come, that we can create ourselves, with inspiration and trust, with new hope and love in our own hearts.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Hear our call - a poem of the Spirit

Spirit in action
 
 flows like the wind
 dances like fire
 
 encompasses all in
 the Light of the World
 
 whispers of freedom
 sings wildly of Passion
 
 Brings Power and Wisdom
 to all those who hope
 
 Spirit is action
 and Spirit is Fire
 
 Spirit is Freedom
 and Spirit is here
 
 Spirit flows like a fountain
 cleansing all in its Pathway
 
 unstoppable Spirit
 the Spirit of Love.
 
 Spirit is Joy
 and Spirit is knowing
 
 Spirit is wonder
 and Awe at the sight
 
 Spirit brings Peace
 and a Joy never-ending
 
 in a dance of forever
 Spirit brings us to Light
 
 Spirit is Tender
 and Spirit is water
 
 Spirit is weeping
 and Spirit is Prayer
 
 Spirit brings Love
 to the heart of creation
 
 Spirit is gentle
 and tenderly there
 
 Bringing all in its pathway
 to once hidden places
 
 Setting Light to our hearts
 bringing Hope to despair
 
 Blessing all as it passes
 it moves like a windswell
 
 breathing Life in our spirits
 bringing all now to Truth.
 
 For Spirit is God
 and is there at the centre
 
 and Spirit is Love
 and holds all for all time
 
 and the Peace that God brings
 is the Peace of forever
 
 and the healing that blesses
 brings Life to us all.
 
 Oh Love - hear our call 

On the Peace that Passes Beyond All understanding

  My experience of God is not one that is found through the prism of life in all its business, interaction or out and about through fellowsh...