Thursday 28th May

Thought for the day from the Revd Barry Jakson

"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation

Last week I had the good news of a local man who was back home from hospital having recovered from Covid-19. On the same day one of our congregation died from the same disease.

Joy at recovery and sorrow at loss; emotions that will be felt keenly by many people around the world because of the pandemic (and many other diseases, disasters, wars, etc). In those emotional extremes, prayer can be such a powerful help, if we come honestly before God.

We sometimes get too formal in prayer and don’t ask for what we really want or fail to express the full depth of our emotions before God (perhaps that’s the British reserve). But Paul suggests we pray about everything… everything we hear, see, experience, feel... everything. Prayer is the foundation of our relationship with God and any relationship needs openness and honesty if it is to grow. So, whether you are angry, full of grief, despairing, numb, or see prayer as pointless, tell God honestly how you feel… tell him everything. He knows it already, but it helps us to express our feelings honestly, and when we do, we grow deeper in our relationship with him, become more like the person that he calls us to be, and begin to discover the peace that passes all understanding that Paul writes about in the passage above.

Barry Jackson is the Acting Area Dean of  Fosse Deanery.