Peace be with you …

This is another reflection from Llandaff Diocese in Wales. This one is written by a parish priest, Rev’d Andrew Davies:

The Rev’d Andrew Davies writes…

Life as we know it is in turmoil, we see empty streets and our television screens such as Trafalgar Square and its surrounding area. We are told that certain television programmes such as EastEnders and Casualty have halted their rehearsals. Life for many appears on hold, and fear is creeping into the lives of many.

However, within all this we see some good, we see compassion, we see others concerned and caring for those around them. people ensuring that neighbours are cared for, extra food being given to Foodbanks and the list could go on. 

That is because in all this turmoil human goodness still prevails. 

In Judges 6: 23-24 we are told that the “Lord said to Gideon ‘Peace do not be afraid.’ So, Gideon built an altar to the Lord and called it ‘the Lord is peace.’

In John 14: 27 Jesus himself says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I leave with you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

So, I offer you this prayer:

Father, we’ re in need of your peace and truth
to soothe our hearts and spirits right now.
When we find ourselves awake in the middle of the night, our pressing needs and worries can feel overwhelming.
We need to be reminded of your constant love,
healing, and grace.
We ask for your Mighty Power to surround us.
And we thank you that you have set us free
and that you are bigger than anything we face in this life.
We lay our burdens before you, every single one,
or we know they’re much safer in your hands
than our own.
Amen.

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