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From the Minister


Thought for the Day Tuesday 28th April


For some time now I have been using ‘Celtic Night Prayer’, a book from the Northumbria Community, to direct my prayers before bed and sleep.

The prayers are set out in very short paragraphs. After saying each paragraph, you pause, either to reflect on what you have just said or to put a bit more flesh on the bones.

On Monday and Tuesday nights one of the prayers is: “My dear ones, O God, bless Thou and keep, in every place where they are”.

I have noticed that the pause I make after this particular prayer has been getting longer. Sometimes this is because I am spending longer praying for a particular individual, and at other times it is because someone else has been added to the list.

In my Christian life I have been brought up in the school that says extempore prayer is the way it should be done. To a certain extent those who read their prayers have been looked down upon. We need to respect the different traditions within the church community, and where we can learn from each other. I have found the written prayers of the Celtic tradition really helpful in concentrating my mind and guiding me through my nightly devotions.

If you have never tried using the prayers written by others, you may at some point want to try it. You may be surprised by the depth of prayer that it may lead you into.

Steve Wallis

Newbridge Baptist Church
Llanafan Road, Newbridge, Powys, LD1 6LY
Telephone The Minister: 01597 860185
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