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From the Minister

March, 2020


Thought for the Day Tuesday 31st March




TUESDAY 31st MARCH

In 1987 when I took up my first pastorate in Kent, one of the first verses from the Bible that really spoke to me was a line spoken by the prophet Samuel after his rejection by the people who were calling for a King to rule over them. ‘Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.’ I may have had, and still have, many failings as a pastor but one thing I have done diligently over the 33 years is to pray for the people.

Over the years I have read many books on prayer (one of the best ways to avoid praying is to read books on prayer) and experimented with many different forms of prayer. Six or seven years ago I experimented with the idea of prayer without words. I found this a useful and profoundly moving kind of prayer especially as I prayed for the people.

In this type of prayer you pray in pictures instead of words. As I pray for the people I imagine a picture of God. Originally when I started this I had no picture of God but only of a door, behind which was glorious light and in my imagination I would lead people from the congregation to the door and leave them there in the presence of God.

Last night as I was unable to get to sleep, I turned to prayer (which is one of the best-known cures for insomnia). I prayed for the people. This time I imagined a picture of Jesus as a shepherd. Jesus said: ‘I am the Good Shepherd’, and in my mind’s eye without words I took the people one by one and brought them to the Shepherd. In these troubled times we all need someone to guide us, and Jesus is the one who can guide us to the green pastures which are beside the still waters. Even if we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, he will be with us.

Although I have lost touch with many people I have pastored in my previous churches, I still pray for them, and yesterday I took them along with the current congregation and left them in the care of the Shepherd.

‘The kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’

Although I am waiting for God to open his storehouse and pour out new blessings upon us, today I rediscovered one of the old treasures.

Let us not neglect praying for each other at this time.

ITEMS FOR PRAYER
Give thanks that Chris is now out of hospital and self-isolating at home. Continue to pray for her and her husband Stephen, who is receiving palliative care in Llandrindod following a recent operation to remove a brain tumour.



Steve Wallis



 
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