Rev. Helen Kirk: January 2018
I have a resolution for 2018, and that is to cultivate a rhythm of prayer. As a minister, you will not be surprised to hear that I do prayer but often it is fitted into busy days; a snatched moment or an arrow sent to a divine target. That is all ok, but I am committing myself to changing my routine; to intentionally stopping, even just for 10 minutes, at certain points in the day, and realising I am in the presence of God, and holding in his love the people and situations that concern me.
You see, I believe that prayer changes things and most importantly it changes me and how I see the world. For when I stop amidst all my busyness and remember who I am — a loved child of God — then I begin to know peace. When I allow a moment of stillness to begin to unravel the tangled mess of my thoughts, then I start to see things differently. When I think of another, I know that I cannot solve their problems, but I love them enough to give them this time.
All of this is prayer.
So this year, why don't you join me in a commitment to prayer? You don't need costly gym membership or a weightwatchers' subscription; instead, just an intention to 'Be still and know' — to know God's presence and to hold others within that knowledge.
P.S. If you want to think further about prayer, I will be running a Lent Course based on the Lord's Prayer.
And from Ascension to Pentecost, all of the Circuit Churches will be taking part in 'Thy Kingdom Come' — a national prayer initiative. Click here for their website.
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