Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Irma hisses, then travels on its way

Posted: 10 September 2017 in Haiti
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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?

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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
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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.

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thCA7GQB10Were you spot the right murderer on Broadchurch? Or were you shocked? Would you be beginning to pray for the perpetrator, Joe Miller, and for his wife and son now? Or does the prison ministry part of the brain get switched off when the TV is switched on?

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Hang On

Posted: 7 May 2011 in On the Pilgrim's Road
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Hanging on in difficult circumstances
News. I know quite a few blog readers have followed Wanda and my adventures in recent times, thank you indeed for your interest. So I am taking the liberty to let you in on some good news.  And reflect on it. Please free to press [Delete] anytime.
Prison Fellowship had a vacancy for a head of finance, a permanent full time position. I went for two interviews and last week I was offered the position.
Happy. I am delighted. They are a Christian organisation working in prisons helping offenders come to terms with their deeds (running restorative justice courses funded by the Prison Service), helping prisoners keep in touch with their families (arranging presents to be purchased and sent to their children), and helping them relate to non-offenders (by a letter writing programme), http://www.prisonfellowship.org.uk/.