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A reflection on charitable giving (one of several)

Reflections for the day

2 Corinthians 8:3-5

For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

1 Timothy 6:17-18

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

“Our prayer must not be self-centred. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.”

John Calvin

A reflection on charitable giving (one of several)

Heavenly Father,


Thou art Our Heavenly Father who is loving, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who is compassionate, and thou loves each and every one of us. Thou love for all of Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that endures, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is eternal. Thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by time, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that enables all of Mankind to love thou with all of a heart, and to love thou with all of a soul, and to love thou with all of a mind, and to love thou with all of a strength. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that over spills into a relationship, and we acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that allows all of Mankind to love thou neighbour in thou way that thou Son, our Lord Jesus Christ loves us all.

 Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that all things are possible through thou if there is a faith and if there is an understanding of thou, and we acknowledge that a number of events that have occurred in a life of a self have happened for a purpose, and we acknowledge that a number of events that are yet to occur will happen for a purpose. We acknowledge that all things happen in thou time that is of thou good time of thou, Our Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time that we reflect upon the nature of a charitable giving. Many are able to see in a way that is clear that to be charitable means that by an action which can be described as generous, a self is able to help another who can be described as less than fortunate than a self. We are able to see in a way that is clear that to be charitable means that an action may not necessarily be of a nature that is of a giving in a way that is financial, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that an action may be one that is described as helping another.

Heavenly Father, many are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach all of Mankind that there is a need to be charitable to another. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to give in a way that is without a reluctance, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to give in a way that is without a compulsion. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to give in a way that is done without being seen, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to give in a way that is done without an acknowledgement by another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that there are some who are more fortunate than others, and we acknowledge that there are some who are richer than another. Many are able to see in a way that is clear that there are some who are rich in a way that can be described as spiritual, and are rich because thou hath made a provision for a self.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time that we are able to see in a way that is clear that much has been said in the media about a charitable giving, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that much has been said in the media about some who are appointed as a collector of money for a charity.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is led daily, and we ask thou to guide a self to reflect carefully upon a giving that is one that is of a nature that is charitable. We ask thou to guide a self to give freely of time, and we ask thou to guide a self to give freely in money, and we ask thou to guide a self to come to terms with those times when a pressure is felt to give of a time, and we ask thou to guide a self to come to terms with those times when a pressure is felt to give of money.

Heavenly Father, we are thankful to all who give generously despite a situation. We hope and we pray that many will continue to give at this time, and at a time in the future.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that a charitable giving is one that should come from a heart, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that by a charitable giving a self is giving to thou. We ask thou to guide a self to give with what can be described as a heart that is glad, and we ask thou to guide a self to give of a time in a way that is free, and to give of money in a way that is not constrained, and we ask thou to guide all of Mankind to love thou neighbour, in thou way that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ loves us all.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, who together with thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and with thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and will always be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, that governs over all who are of thou world that we live in, now and always, for evermore.

Amen

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A reflection on the homeless

Reflections for the day

Philippians 4:19

 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.


Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your lifeAnd why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

When a man has found the Lord, he no longer has to use words when he is praying, for the Spirit Himself will intercede for him with groans that cannot be uttered. –John Climacus

A reflection on the homeless

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world and all that is in it, and thou hath created all things known to Man, and all things unseen by Man. Thou created us to be born with a particular appearance, thou created us to be born with a particular shape, thou created us to be born with a particular colour, and thou created us to be born with a particular size. Thou created all Man to be equal in thou eyes.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou loves each and every one of us, and we acknowledge that thou love is one that is all encompassing, and we acknowledge that thou love is one that enables us to love thou with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength. We acknowledge that there art no words to describe thou love for Man, and we acknowledge that thou love for Man is one that is not bound by words, is one that is not bound by time, and is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for Man is one that over-spills into our relationships, and is a love that enables us to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we desire Man to reflect carefully upon the nature of homelessness. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was homeless some of the time, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was with thou homeless some of the time, and was with those who were poor some of the time. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach us that thou poor and thou vulnerable are the responsibility of Man, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach us that when a person gives unto thou poor, and when a person gives unto thou vulnerable, that person gives unto thou.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thou the good works of St Mungo’s. We are able to see that this is a charity who works with thou homeless, and we are able to see that there is a desire to help those who are homeless, and we are able to see that there is a desire for the homeless to be housed, and we are able to see that there is a desire for the homeless to work, and we are able to see that there is a  desire for the homeless to be able to relate to others, and we are able to see there is a desire for the homeless to be in a state of health that is described as good.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to bless the good works of St Mungo’s and we ask thou to place opportunities before many to enable their good works to be carried out in a way that is fitting for thou.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we ask Man to reflect carefully upon those who are likely to be made homeless, and we hope and we pray that Man will endeavour to remain committed to providing housing for those who are vulnerable, and we hope and we pray that Man will endeavour to remain committed to providing housing for those who are poor, and to provide housing for those who are in need.

Heavenly Father, we ask that Man will turn to thou always, we ask that Man will turn a back on greed, and we ask that Man will turn a back upon ignoring the misfortune of others.

Heavenly Father, thou art a loving Father, and thou art a merciful Father, and thou art able to provide us with all our needs. We desire that Mankind will turn to thou always, and we desire that Mankind will emulate the life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we desire that Mankind will say sorry for the error of a way and make the changes in a life that are necessary.

Heavenly Father, we uphold these words to thou now in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us to save us from all our sin, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who lives amongst us, who dwells amongst us, and who advocates for us,now and always, for evermore.

Amen.


A reflection on wealth

Reflections of the day

Matthew 6:24-25

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes?

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; The Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.

– Oswald Chambers


A reflection on wealth

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world that we live in, and thou hath created all things known to Mankind, and all things unseen by Mankind. Thou art a loving Father, and thou art a compassionate Father. Thou sent thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into thou world to save Mankind from all sins, and to show Mankind thou way to thou.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, laid down a life for all, and that by doing so thou made to all Mankind what can be described as an ultimate sacrifice, and that thou sacrifice thou made for Mankind is one that reveals thou love for all, and thou love thou hath for Mankind is one that is there for each and every one of us, and is a love that is all encompassing, and is a love that is not bound by words, and is a love that is not bound by time, and is a love that is not bound by energy. Thou love thou hath for Mankind is one that allows all to love thou, with all of a heart, and with all of a soul, and with all of a mind, and with all of a strength. Thou love that thou hath for all is one that overspills into a relationship, and thou love that thou hath for all is one that allows Mankind to love thou neighbour as thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, loves us all.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that during thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, cared for thou poor, and that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, cared for thou needy, and that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, cared for thou vulnerable.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, revealed in thou Scriptures much about wealth. We acknowledge that wealth is a gift from thou, and is a gift that thou hath entrusted some to use to carry out thou work for another.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures reveal that thou desire is for Mankind to turn to thou always, and that thou desire is for Mankind to have a relationship with thou which is right, and that thou desire is for Mankind to have a relationship with another which is right. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a desire to be wealthy, and a desire to have possessions, beyond what is a need, will be one that will cause some to neglect thou, and will  be one that will cause some to neglect a family, and will be one that will cause some to neglect another. We acknowledge that a desire to serve thou, and a desire to serve wealth, is one that is not compatible.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we ask thou to guide Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to guide many to see that there is a to have a responsibility toward those who are poor, and toward those who are needy, and toward those who are vulnerable. We hope and we pray that those who are blessed with having a wealth that is beyond a need will reflect carefully upon a responsibility to share a wealth with those who are less than fortunate.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that what can be described as a preoccupation with wealth is one that is not desirable, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that in order to draw closer to thou, Mankind needs to turn a back on  a thought of wealth.

Heavenly Father, many desire to be thou obedient servant but  fall short in an expectation of thou, and many desire to lay down a life for thou but are reluctant at times, and many desire to be ready to do thou will but are rebellious at times.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we ask thou to guide many to emulate the life of St Lawrence, a man who spoke of thou poor and of thou needy as a treasure of thou Church. We hope and we pray that many will reflect upon the life of St Lawrence and are able to see in a way that is clear that thou art able to provide all our needs, and that our treasure is one that is of a life that is one that is eternal with thou.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and always will be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power, and being, that governs over all who are of this world that we live in, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

A reflection on patience

Reflections for the day

Isaiah 30:18

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.

Blessed are all who wait for him!

John 2:4

 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

 Before you start your day, have a quiet time with the Lord. Commit to the Lord Jesus whatever you do and your plans will succeed, each in his own time.

Prayer is not getting man’s will done in heaven, but getting God’s will done on earth. It is not overcoming God’s reluctance but laying hold of God’s willingness.”
Richard C. Trench

A reflection on patience

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world that we live in, and thou hath created all things known to Mankind, and thou hath created all things unseen by Mankind. Thou art almighty and thou art most powerful, and we praise thou, and we exalt thou for thou power, and for thou mightiness. We acknowledge that all things are created for a purpose, and we acknowledge that all things are created with a purpose. We acknowledge that all things occur in thou own good time.

Heavenly Father, thou art Our Heavenly Father, who knows all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father, who sees all, and thou hath possession  of all thou facts. We acknowledge that thou purpose for Mankind is of one to draw closer to thou, and we acknowledge that thou purpose for Mankind is for Mankind to emulate a life that was led by thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we acknowledge that all good things happen to those who can live a life that can be described as godly.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that many live a life that can be described as a life that is lived at a fast pace. Many are impatient, and an impatience is one that does not allow some to see thou vision for all.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for Mankind to be more leisurely in an outlook on life, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for Mankind to be more patient.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to help many to see that patience is a virtue.

Heavenly Father, thou  desire is for Mankind to place a trust in thou. Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that there are occasions when many desire for thou intervention, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou intervention is one that is circumspect, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou intervention is one that requires a patience to be born, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou intervention is one that requires a need for all to be calm, at times. Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou concern is that we turn to thou always, and thou concern is that Mankind treads a path that is one that is straight and narrow, toward  thou light which as eternal.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we ask thou to bless the works of all charities that function in thou name, and we ask thou to bless the works of all churches that uphold thou name, and we ask thou to provide a  number of opportunities before all charities, and we ask thou to place a number of opportunities before all churches, so that many will turn to thou.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that many desire to draw closer to thou, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that many desire to deepen a faith of thou, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that many desire to renew a trust, and a faith, and a belief, in thou.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that many will reflect upon a trust of thou, and we hope and we pray that many will reflect upon a faith of thou, and we hope and we pray that many will reflect upon a belief of thou, and we hope and we pray that many will turn to thou.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who lives within Man, and who dwells amongst Man, and who advocates for Man, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.


A reflection on commendation

Reflections for the day

Luke 21:1-4

The Widow’s Offering

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Hebrews 10:24

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,

A reflection on commendation

 Heavenly Father,

Thou art a loving Father, and thou art a compassionate Father, and thou loves each and every one of us. Thou love for Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by time, and thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by energy. Thou love for Mankind is one that allows all to love thou with all of a heart, and to love thou with all of a soul, and to love thou with all of a  mind, and to love thou with all of a strength. Thou love for Mankind is one that allows a love for thou to spill over into a relationship, and thou love for Mankind is one that allows all to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that during thou ministry of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was able to see in a way that was clear a good deed of another. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a good deed of another is one that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, acknowledged in a way that was public. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that all should “not hold back good from those to whom it is owing, when it happens to be in the power of your hand to do it.”

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that some feel that an effort goes unnoticed by another. We acknowledge that there are some who feel an effort is one that is not appreciated, and we acknowledge that there are some who feel an effort for another is taken for granted. We acknowledge that there are some who feel unable to live up to an expectation of another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou art a loving Father and that thou loves each and everyone of us, and we hope and we pray that many will turn to thou with a worry, and we hope and we pray that many will turn to thou with a concern always.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach Mankind to treat another with a kindness. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a word of kindness to another, and a word that can be described as a commendation to another, is one that is able to uplift another in a way that can be described as spiritual. We are able to see in a way that is clear that for many in the giving of a word of kindness, and in the giving of a word of commendation, that there is an experience that can be described as a feeling of joy and a feeling of contentment.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide Mankind to seek out all that is good in another, and we ask thou to guide Mankind to acknowledge all that is good in another.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we commend to thou the good works of those who oversee and the good works of those who contribute to what is described as a foodbank. We are able to see in a way that is clear that those who are in receipt of food from a foodbank are thankful, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that for some it is a means of avoiding what can be described as impoverishment.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that Mankind will reflect carefully upon an action, and we hope and we pray that many will do what is seen to be good, and we hope and we pray that Mankind is able to acknowledge a time when a good deed has been done.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that is spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for Mankind in order to save Mankind from all sins, and to show all thou way to thou, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who lives within Man, and who dwells amongst Man, and who advocates for Man, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

A reflection on service for others

Reflections of the day

John 13:12-14

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

Matthew 25:35-40

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

“God’s cause is committed to men; God commits Himself to men. Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans.” E.M. Bounds

A reflection on a service for another

Heavenly Father,

Thou art a loving Father and thou art a compassionate Father, and thou loves each and every one of us. Thou love for Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by time, and thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by energy. Thou love for Mankind is one that enables all to love thou with all of a heart, and with all of a soul, and with all of a mind, and with all of a strength. Thou love for Mankind is one that enables thou love for Mankind to spill over into a relationship, and thou love for Mankind is one that enables Mankind to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was thou humble servant, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, did not come into thou world to be served but came into thou world to serve all of Mankind. We acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, gave a life for all to show Mankind thou way to thou.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou desire is for Mankind to emulate thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and that thou desire is for Mankind to love thou, and to love another, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that the love that many have for thou, and the love many have for another, is one that can be expressed in a service to another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that by  serving another it can be described as one of a ministry, and we acknowledge that as thou servants that many will be called to glorify thou name.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to guide all to say all, and to do all, to thou glory always, and we ask thou to guide all to look not to an interest of a self, but to an interest of another.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that we live in thou world, and in thou world many are faced with a difficulty, and a difficulty is one that can relate to a fear, and a fear for some is one of being accused in a way that is not valid, and the fear of being accused in a way that is not valid is one that prevents some from doing what is described as a deed that is good.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we hope and we pray that many will reflect carefully upon a situation where an act performed  or a word that is spoke may help another. We hope and we pray that many will put aside a worry, and we hope and we pray that many will put aside a concern, that there is, and we hope and we pray that many will make a choice that is right, and a choice that is good, in terms of what is said, and in terms of what is done.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thou the good works of thou Samaritans, and we ask thou to place a number of opportunities before thou Samaritans to continue in supporting another.

Heavenly Father, many will desire to be thou obedient servant but will fall short in thou expectation, and many will desire to lay down a life for thou but will be reluctant at times, and many will desire to be ready to do thou will but will be rebellious at times.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for all Mankind to save all from sin, and to show Mankind thou way to thou, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who lives within Man, and who dwells amongst Man, and who advocates for Man, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

A reflection on poverty (one of several)

Reflections for the day

Exodus 22:22-23

“You must not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, they will no doubt cry to Me, and I will certainly hear their cry.

Philippians 4:6-7 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


A reflection on poverty

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world that we live in, and thou hath created all things known to Man, and thou hath created all things unseen by Man.

Heavenly Father, thou art a loving Father, and thou art a compassionate Father. Thou love thou hath for us is one that is all encompassing, thou love thou hath for us is one that is there for us all, and thou love thou hath for us is a love that can heal the pain of rejection.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see that thou art intimately concerned with our relationships. We are able to see that thou concern is not just for our immediate families and friends, but in the structure of our society. We are able to see that thou concern is how we relate to all others.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see that thou Scriptures teach us that Our Lord Jesus Christ, had compassion for thou poor and vulnerable, and that this was demonstrated in thou teachings, and that this was demonstrated by thou example. We are able to see that thou desires that those who hath plenty to be considerate to those who are less fortunate, and for Man to avoid acquisition of wealth by what can be described as exploitation of thou poor.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time that we acknowledge that there are many in this world who are impoverished and that thou calls thou people to open their hearts freely to those in need. We are able to see that there are many who give freely of their time, and that there are many who give freely of their money, in order to help thou poor, and in order to help thou vulnerable, and in order to help thou destitute, and we thank thou for all that is done in thou name.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thou the good works of Compassion International. We are able to see that this is a charity who works closely with thou children, and we are able to see that the work of this charity enables thou children to be released from poverty, and we are able to see that thou children  are released from situations where they are deprived in a way that can be described as spiritual, in a way that can be described as economic, in a way that can be described as social, and in a way that can be described as physical. We ask thou to continue to place opportunities before many so that this charity continues to flourish in the way that it has done thus far.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that many will emulate the life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we hope and we pray that many will uphold the cause of those who are impoverished and mistreated, and we hope and we pray that many will see that by serving others that we serve thou always.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thou all that is spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who together with thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ governs all of this Earth that we live on, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.


A reflection on drought (one of several)

A reflection for the day


Psalm 4:1

Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

Matthew 4:4

“It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

 

“We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.” Andrew Murray

A reflection on drought (one of several)

Heavenly Father,

Thou art almighty, thou art most powerful and thou art the creator of thou world and all that is in it. Heavenly Father, thou instructed Man to be keepers of thou world we live in, to hath dominion over all things and to subdue thou earth.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see that Man has fallen short in thou expectation, and we are able to see that the way Man lives has caused changes to thou world we live in. We are able to see that some of the effects of these changes are manifesting in our climate, that some of these changes are manifesting in changes to the temperatures of thou oceans, and that some of these changes are altering the jet stream. We are able to see that these changes are responsible for the many droughts experienced by thou nations world-wide and that thou continent of Africa suffers always.

We are able to see that these events are ones that can be addressed by Man. We are able to see that there are programmes and partnerships that are in place to invest in restoration and to maintain Eco systems. We acknowledge the good works of these programmes and partnerships who manage climate change risks by harvesting rain water, by improving the variety of crops, by forestation and by the management of water sources.

Heavenly Father, we ask that thou continue to place opportunities before Mankind to continue with these good works.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that there are consequences to droughts that are described as severe. We are able to see that Mankind suffers with hunger and with poverty, and that the consequence of drought and famine is often death.

Heavenly Father, thou art a loving Father and thou art a compassionate Father, and we acknowledge that thou art fully aware of all we face.

Heavenly Father, we are thankful that thou hath promised thou strength, we are thankful that thou hath promised thou grace and we are thankful that thou hath promised thou victory over death through thou triumph and thou glory of thou Son,  Our Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thou in prayer thou people of the many areas in thou world who are afflicted by the experience of drought. We are thankful that there are many charities that provide humanitarian aid, and we ask that opportunities are placed before them to provide humanitarian aid in areas of drought.

Heavenly Father, thou taught us to give and thou taught us to receive encouragement from others and to carry each other’s burdens; we desire that Mankind reflects carefully about those who are less fortunate than ourselves and considers his charitable giving in these cases.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect upon the need to conserve water in the British Isles. Many of us are able to see that we need to be prudent in our use of water and for many of us that means the need to dispense with the use of hose pipes, and for many of us that means we need to consider if our usage of water is one that is necessary. We hope and we pray that the campaign to raise awareness of the need to save water continues in our primary schools, and we hope and we pray that many will heed the advice that is given.

Heavenly Father, we desire that Mankind is aware of thou world and all that harms thou world. We desire that Mankind makes changes to a life by setting aside a desire to live for today, and by thinking about our tomorrows always.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thou all that has been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who together with thouself and thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and always will be the most supreme and most absolute power and being that governs all of this Earth that we live on, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

You are invited to respond either by way of a comment or a prayer. Any prayers will be posted.



A reflection on a charitable giving (one of several)

Reflections for the day

2 Corinthians 8:3-5

For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

1 Timothy 6:17-18

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

“Our prayer must not be self-centred. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.” John Calvin

A reflection on a charitable giving (one of several)

Heavenly Father,

Thou art a loving Father, and thou loves each and every one of us, and thou love for Mankind is one that is all encompassing. Thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by time, and thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by energy. Thou love for Mankind is one that enables all to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that all things are possible through thou, and we acknowledge that many of the events that have happened in a life have happened for a divine purpose, and we acknowledge that many of the events that are yet to happen will happen for a divine purpose. We acknowledge that all things happen in thou own good time.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time that we ask of many to reflect upon a charitable giving. We acknowledge that many are able to see in a way that is clear that to be charitable means that by a generous action many are able to help another who is less fortunate than a self. We are able to see in a way that is clear that to be charitable means that an action may not necessarily be of a giving that can be described as financial, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that an action can be one of helping another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that many are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach Mankind  that there is a need to be charitable. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for Mankind to give in a way that can be described as  one that is without a reluctance, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for Mankind  to give in a way that can be described as one that is without a compulsion. We are able to see in a way that is clear  that thou desire is for all to give in a way that is done without being seen, and without being acknowledged by another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that some are more fortunate than others, and we acknowledge that some are wealthier than others. We acknowledge that some are able to see in a way that is clear that those who have a wealth that is monetary, have so because thou hath made a provision. We are able to see in a way that is clear that there are those who have a wealth who use a finance for the good of another.

Heavenly Father, we are thankful for the many who give generously despite a situation that can be described as less than fitting. We hope and we pray that many will continue to give financially at this time.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to guide Mankind to reflect carefully upon a charitable giving.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that a charitable giving is one that must come from a heart, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that by giving in a way that is charitable that all are giving to thou. We ask thou to guide all Mankind to give with a heart that is glad, and we ask thou to help all to give in a way that can be described as freely, and we ask thou to help all to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is the ruler of all who are of this world that we live in, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

You are invited to respond either by way of a comment or a prayer. Any prayers will be posted.

A reflection on the causes of drought

A reflection for the day


Psalm 4:1

Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

A reflection on drought

 Heavenly Father,

Thou art almighty, thou art most powerful, and thou art the creator of thou world, and all that is in it.Thou hath instructed Man to be keepers of thou world that we live in, thou hath instructed Man to hath dominion over all things, and thou hath instructed Man to subdue thou earth.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see that Man hath fallen short in thou expectation in caring for thou world in a way that is fitting, and we are able to see that the way Man lives hath caused changes to thou world that we live in. We are able to see that some of the effects of these changes are manifesting in the climate, and we are able to see that some of these changes are manifesting in changes to the temperatures of thou oceans, and we are able to see that some of these changes are altering the jet stream. We are able to see that these changes are responsible for the many droughts experienced by thou nations world-wide, and that the continent of Africa suffers always.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see that these events are ones that can be addressed by Man. We are able to see that there are programmes and partnerships that are in place to invest in restoration and to maintain Eco systems. We acknowledge the good works of these programmes and partnerships who manage climate change risks by harvesting rain water, and we acknowledge the good works of these programmes and partnerships who manage climate change risks by improving the variety of crops, and we acknowledge the good works of these programmes and partnerships who manage climate change risks by forestation, and we acknowledge the good works of these programmes and partnerships who manage climate change risks by the management of water sources. Heavenly Father, we ask that thou continue to place opportunities before Mankind to continue with these good works.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that there are consequences to droughts that are described as being severe. We are able to see that Mankind suffers with hunger and we are able to see that Mankind suffers with poverty, and we are able to see that the consequence of drought and famine can be death.

Heavenly Father, thou art  a loving Father, and  thou art a compassionate Father, and we acknowledge that thou art fully aware of all that Mankind hath to contend with.

Heavenly Father, thou entered thou world deemed as suffering as thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, thou suffered for Man and thou hath, and thou doth, and thou wilt, suffer with Man. We are thankful thou hath promised thou strength, we are thankful thou hath promised thou grace, and we are thankful thou hath promised thou victory over death through thou triumph and thou glory of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thou in prayer thou people of thou Sahel region of Africa, who are afflicted by the experience of drought. We are thankful that there are many charities that provide humanitarian aid, and we ask that opportunities are placed before them to provide humanitarian aid in thou Sahel region of Africa.

Heavenly Father, thou hath taught Man to give and thou hath taught Man to receive encouragement from another, and thou hath taught Man to carry another’s burden.

Heavenly Father, we desire that Mankind reflects carefully about those who are less fortunate than a self, and we desire that Mankind reflects carefully and considers his charitable giving in all cases.

Heavenly Father, we desire that Mankind is aware of thou world and the things that harm thou world. Heavenly Father, we desire that Mankind makes changes to a life by setting aside a desire to live for today and by thinking about a tomorrow.

Heavenly Father, we ask that the cross that we see as a symbol of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, be seen by Man as a symbol of forgiveness, and we ask that the cross that we see as a symbol of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, be seen by Man as a symbol of  healing, and we ask that the cross that we see as a symbol of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, be seen by Man as a symbol of help and guidance.

Heavenly Father, we ask this in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who lives within us, who dwells amongst us, and who advocates for us, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.


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