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.


Be our Light to guide us, Lord

Whenever we feel lost

Wherever the way is unclear

Shine in our hearts to keep us safe


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.

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.


Flood our lives Lord,

With Your Holy Light

May we receive blessings and healings now.


Lord, may our lives be blessed by Your Love

May Your Life be blessed by our love.


May our love and knowledge of You

Be ever deepened

May we grow in our relationship with You

Moment by moment.


Let us radiate Christ’s Light throughout the whole world

Let our lives shine bright.


Let us find our own inner Presence of Christ

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

In us all.


Help us Lord to always find Your Peace,

That perfect Peace, not of the world,

That lifts, unburdens, strengthens and gives hope.


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.



  Lord,  When I feel desperate, Console me. Fill me with Your inner Peace Not of the world. Amen