Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Coronavirus+in+Prisons+MGN.jpgCovid-19 and prisons?  There was the Prison Fellowship’s first England wide Zoom prayer meeting today, 200 devices connected (>300 people).  It was a good use of tech in bad times.  Psalm 126 was a starting point, “Sowing in tears, reaping joy. Going in weeping, returning with joy.”  Some points from this and elsewhere:


New Prisons Report

Posted: 18 July 2019 in Prisons
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Prison wing.jpgThe Chief Inspector of Prisons Annual Report was out last week. Don’t fancy reading 124 pages but want the headlines to think and pray about?  Well, today Prison Fellowship highlighted a few quotes from the Report and invite us all to pray over:

“Safety is still a major problem. Levels of violence had increased in more than half the prisons inspected.”
►God of peace, may Your peace prevail in our prisons, and may a spirit of calm to pervade every room and hallway. May the conflict, hopelessness and addiction that fuels the violence be addressed and transformed.


Irma hisses, then travels on its way

Posted: 10 September 2017 in Haiti

Haitians move boat to safety

“How’s Haiti, after Hurricane Irma?” I’m being asked.  The hurricane moved a bit north of Haiti and so missed the really bad stuff.  Lots of wind and rain, but I have heard of no deaths, and no destruction in the Hospital area.    However, there has been severe flooding and loss of crops.  With all this, there is the serious risk of another cholera outbreak.  See ITV early evening News Sunday 10th.  Nevertheless, all this could have been far far worse – we are truly thankful to God.

Answer to prayer?  I think not.  If the hurricane is not going to hammer Haiti, it will blast somewhere else in its travels.  It is a fallen and incomplete world, and while there is mainly order, chaotic events like hurricanes happen.  Our standing before God and prayer is what counts.

So what use are our prayers?


Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined, for unto us a child is born, a son is given.”
We are in darkness here, oh God
miserable being here this Christmas.
Want to be home at this time.
We are not home. Yet…. we are not alone.

May we be the light that shined on:
.     mates on the Wings – encouragement
.          wife on the phone – a truly listening ear
.               kids in the Visitors Centre – sweet words.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
and ransom your captive people (more…)

Humble Pie

Posted: 18 April 2015 in On the Pilgrim's Road, Prisons
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praying prisoners

Standing up in the prison chapel I felt embarrassed and a bit humbled. You know, when you go “inside”, you are tempted to feel good about yourself – you doing something for them. And in a practical way you are. But a mist of moral superiority can settle on one’s head, and it needs to be blown away. And I got a small gust when I was last in.