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Spare a Thought

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If you are celebrating this Christmas time, and why shouldn’t you?!, please spare a thought for those who aren’t or can’t…

for the person visibly struggling, and the one sat quietly in the corner;
for the one trying to make the best of it, and the one trying to pretend it isn’t happening;
for those whose pain and struggle we know of, and those who we have no idea of the burdens they carry;
for those who wish today was different and those for whom every day is the same – and not in a good way;
for those who don’t have food to eat, a roof over their head and don’t have the luxury of ‘being ready for Christmas’;
for those who have no one to buy gifts for, and those who have nothing to spare on such luxuries.

for the mourning, wishing that person was here;
for those with no answers, wondering when, or if, they will ever know;
for the scarred, and the scared, for whom today is just another day of fear;
for those for whom a change of routine is confusing and frightening;
for those who can see someone they love slipping from them;
for the chronically ill, for whom today is just another day of dealing with symptoms and managing treatment;
for those for whom today is just another day of work

for those who so want today to be different, and know it isn’t;
for those who want to join in, and can’t;
for those who wish they were somewhere else, and aren’t

And the food and the decorations and the celebrations make no difference, for today is just another day of pain, hurt, dealing with life…

Think of them and if there is anything you can do to make this Christmas different, or just hold them and remember not everyone is celebrating

 

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Rescue Me

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So much is going wrong Lord,
who can I turn to,
where can I go?

Will you rescue me,
save me,
protect me?

Where are you God?
I can’t find you.
You are lost in the pain,
the frustration,
the anger
that builds inside me.

Guide me Lord,
lead me,
help me find my way
to you.
There will be protection,
as I find you
and myself in you.

When I can see clearly,
I know that you help me,
I know that I can trust you.
I take my courage
and rest
in you.

Psalm 43  (CEV)

A Prayer in Times of Trouble

43 Show that I am right, God!
Defend me against everyone
    who doesn’t know you;
    rescue me from each
    of those deceitful liars.
I run to you
    for protection.
Why have you turned me away?
    Why must enemies mistreat me
    and make me sad?

Send your light and your truth
    to guide me.
Let them lead me to your house
    on your sacred mountain.
Then I will worship
at your altar
    because you
    make me joyful.
You are my God,
    and I will praise you.
    Yes, I will praise you
    as I play my harp.

Why am I discouraged?
Why am I restless?
    I trust you!
And I will praise you again
    because you help me,
    and you are my God.

You’re Blessed

It is usually difficult to see the good in a situation you are in when it is difficult.  When our world seems turned upside down, we can feel anything but blessed.  Sometimes hindsight provides a different perspective, but not always.  Sometimes we just have to come at it from a different angle.

Matthew 5:1-12 (MSG)

You’re Blessed

1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

Much has been written about The Beatitudes over time, so I have used the version from The Message, it breathes some fresh air.  It is difficult to know what to offer to add to it.  Here Jesus is setting out the new understanding of life that following him will bring.  It is not about all the shiny things you will have, all the many riches that will be poured upon, health, wealth and happiness.  No, what Jesus is bringing is something way beyond that, much deeper – and much better.  Blessings running counter to popular expectation and understanding, and in that way being far more significant, life-changing and useful.

It reminds me in a way of the Covenant Prayer, finding God’s purpose and blessing in the ways we might not choose – in usefulness and in feeling useless, in pain and pleasure, in being busy and in feeling overlooked, in thinking we have everything and feeling we have nothing; but giving ourselves, wholeheartedly, to God and allowing him to do his stuff.  Letting God reach us, touch us, heal us, fill us, take us on a journey with him and allow him to use our lives.

Lord,
I offer myself to you.
In my pain,
my anguish,
my questions,
my emptiness,
my hunger,
when I feel bereft,
hurt,
abandoned
and used.
Work in me,
I pray;
and may I know
that I am blessed.

Praise God