Prayer for Others

 

 

My first Prayer is based on words of Mother Julian of Norwich

In you Father Almighty, we have our preservation and our bliss; In you Christ, we have our restoring and our saving You are our Mother, Brother and our Saviour. In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit is marvelous and plenteous Grace.
You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.
You are our Maker, our Lover and our keeper. Teach us to believe that by your Grace
All shall be well;
And all shall be well;
And all manner of things shall be well.
Amen.

Heavenly Father (and everyone)

I hope you don’t mind if I base our prayer for others on events that happened to me last week.

Last week I did a lot of walking; often beside the canal. There were sunny days; others cloudy and overcast and I felt a spit of rain. I was delighted with the families of geese I met, the parent geese hissing at me to protect little goslings. I kept on my side of the path and they kept to theirs. Daft woman that I am, I tried to soothe them with my voice saying what beautiful goslings they had. Let us give thanks for the lovely part of the world in which we live.

There was silt and debris collecting beside a lock.

As we reflect on our past week help us sift through the silt and debris that might be collecting in our lives. Let us feel the living water wash away the ugly bits of grit until we see the sparkle of sunlight. It dances on the flowing water that is renewing us with refreshment and life.

Last week, I attended a team meeting. Pray for all those in work. Work is a conundrum. In work we can feel we have too much to do; out of work we can feel hopeless and downcast. Let us pray for those who struggle to find work. Pray too for those whose work is challenging or overwhelming. Pray for anyone who needs to make decisions about work.

All shall be well; and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

I attended a physiotherapy appointment. For me it is unusual. Let us pray for those with chronic illness or disability who need to attend hospital or doctor’s appointments all the time. Let us pray for those in our community we know who are injured or sick……….we pray for…

All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

Last week it was the pushing up the daises festival here in Todmorden. I attended two workshops run by healthy minds. In one the subject was the afterlife; in the other we wrote letters from the heart to loved ones who had died. I was apprehensive. Would people trample on my faith; would I trample on theirs? In the event we were curious, open, accepting and loving in our encounter and conversations. I was comforted; some thoughts and feelings unexpected; and a relief to voice fears not spoken out loud before. As a Church community what is our belief of an after life? Help us to know whether to talk more about it so each of us might be prepared when we die?

All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well

I had the privilege of listening to and celebrating the life of Rev Jim at his Thanksgiving. Let us remember and pray for those who have died and those who are yet to take that journey and are left behind. Let us hold in prayer the family of Jim and especially his wife Rev Jill.

All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

Last week was mental health awareness week. Let us pray for those whose lives are stunted by addictions; disturbed by troublesome thoughts; blighted by obsessions or who are so downcast they think the only way forward is to end it all. Pray too for those on strong medications that limit their functioning. Pray for C’s youngest son J. Help him to know that unseen hands uphold him even in the midst of his distress.

All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

Yesterday was Todmorden Council Annual General Meeting. We have a new Mayor, Councillor Christine. The new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Andy. All ran smoothly; just a few minor hiccups. I am aware of tensions and conflict behind the scene. Especially there is disagreement about what we do with the centre area of town around the Church. On Wed 24 May there will be an extraordinary council meeting to discuss proposals for our town centre square. Pray for us in the town council. The centre of town is too important to fight on party political lines. We need to consider the whole town in its rich diversity and make it a place inclusive to all. In our debate, help us listen curiously, speak slowly and if need be to disagree well. Most importantly let us allow the people of the town have the last say in the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum.

All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

In you Father Almighty, we have our preservation and our bliss. In you Christ we have our restoring and our saving; you are our mother, brother and saviour. In you, our Lord the holy spirit is marvelous and plenteous grace. You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us. You are our maker, our lover and our keeper. Teach us to believe that by your grace, all shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well. Amen.

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About Gentle Breeze

Julia is married to Kevin. They live together in Todmorden with their black and white cat Willow. Todmorden is a small rural town nestling among the Pennine hills in the Upper Calder Valley, on the border of West Yorkshire and Lancashire. Julia is a mixture of contradictions. She happily shares her email address with her husband; yet when she married she kept her own surname.
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2 Responses to Prayer for Others

  1. kyohinaa says:

    what a beautiful prayer 🙂

    • Thank you
      I really appreciate you stopping by.
      Sorry for taking so long to do so. I wanted to give you an your lovely comment my full focused attention. unfortunately as usual i am dashing- about to set off for work which for reasons i hope to write about has become tricky and difficult.
      I appreciate my friends in the virtual world and hope later today to look at your blogs and give my proper attention.
      Much love
      Julia x

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