Month: April 2019

And Give Me…. Sense, and Knowledge, Lord

Easter lasts 7 weeks, for 7 weeks the Altar frontals and hangings are white, and the Readings tell us more about the Resurrection appearances, tells us more about Our Risen Lord and Teacher preparing the seedling church for the great Day of Pentecost. Just as it takes time for a seed to germinate and put out its green, so it takes time with all spiritual growth.

Sometimes the Heavenly Gardener sows fresh seed into our hearts, carefully preparing the soil first, removing old planting, yes, it maybe that He received a good return on the first, second or even third planting, but He has a new work for us to do, now. Something, the Holy Spirit is nudging us, moving us forward to do, something new, but we are just not sure what.

At times like these we need the Teacher’s time, His personal attention so we ought to devote more time to seeking His attention in prayer, waiting. Listening for His answer.

Perhaps we might use the following prayer

Most High glorious God,

Enlighten the darkness of my heart

And give me true faith, certain hope,

And perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord

That I may carry out

Your holy and true command

St Francis prayed this prayer, kneeling before the crucifix in the little Church of San Damiano. It was around 1205/6 early days in his Christian calling and Francis knew God was asking him to do something, but what? In the stillness of that place Francis heard Jesus, our Teacher saying, “Francis, go and repair my house, which is falling into ruins” Francis did just that, gathering stones, begging materials as he went to repair the little church. Now we can see, what Francis could not see, Jesus meant THE CHURCH.

From time to time, the Church, and all of us do need repairing, restoration and renewal takes time… whether in the greater body of believers or just in me or you) and it takes time, from the first seed, the first whisper of the Spirit for the full sense of God’s Holy Spirit, His Holy and true command to come to flourish in our hearts and in what we carry out with our hands and feet in the world.

All of us need to be prepared, to take time, and allow ourself to be set aside, to find each for his/herself what the Teacher wants us to do….next.

To ask for light to see the way as it is pointed out,

for true faith, in the One who is speaking to us,

hope which nothing can shake,

love which will still be love for all, no matter what the enemy of our soul throws at us,

sense … nothing stands us in better stead in undertaking a new work of faith then sense. Sense such as Francis had, when hearing ‘Go and repair’ he immediately began to do so with his own hands and little else. All new ventures all have to begin, so let us begin and have faith that God will complete His work in us.

And yes we need knowledge, whether it be knowledge gleaned from the Scriptures or a Word of Knowledge to help us on our way, God will provide it. For our part we need to wait and ask in prayer…. The Teacher will show us what comes next.

(The Prayer is commonly called ‘The Prayer Before the Crucifix’)

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Jesus believed

My Church has a very large churchyard, this week hundreds will visit with flowers for the graves of loved ones.

The bottom line is Eternal Life is not found in the Churchyard. It is given from above.

Jesus who died is the one who rose again , He shared the life we now live so that we might share the life He lives now and for eternity.

He knew, whilst wearing our earthly dress what it is to be tested, He stood in the place where we stand now,yet without sin. He knew what it was to cry to His Father with tears.

Jesus believed!

So should we.

“Lord help our unbelief. Father we hold our arms to you. Receive us, Lord of all grace, within your embrace”

Encourage one another

This is the poster I have in my prayer corner.

I chose it because I love the tiny hummingbird sipping up the sweetness of the flower. It intrigues me that he can virtually stand still in the air whilst his wings move at incredible speeds. To me, the hummingbird is doing the same as a prayerful soul drinking in God’s sweetness, totally at rest, yet moving, nevertheless, in the spirit at an incredible pace.

Perhaps you have other thoughts about that, I would love you to share them. There are so many things my WordPress friends can teach me.

Let us keep firm in the hope that we profess, because the one who made the promise is trustworthy. Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. Do not absent yourself from your own assemblies, as some do, but encourage each other; the more so as you see the Day drawing near.’ (Hebrews 10:23-25 NJB)

The whole of Hebrews 10 is, like the flower in the poster, full of sweetness, I am encouraging myself to study it more deeply, I certainly do know that we can trust the one who made the promise; the verses encourage me to persevere in my prayers for my friends and church family. It is important to pray for each other to stir up that response in love and good works, the days are here when many Christians are falling away from their first love and commitment to Christ and to each other.

It is so good. So sweet to know God in our quiet corners, and in the sacred place of our hearts, but we all share the one calling, to belong to the One Body, to share in the One Bread. At times, it is so very much easier to pray apart from others, but we must never forget, Jesus prayed:

“May they all be one, just as, Father, you are in me and I am in you, so that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me, I have given them the glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me, may they be so perfected in unity that the world will recognise that it was you who sent me and that you have loved them as you have loved me.” (John 17 21-23)

This is the prayer of Jesus for the Apostles and for us. May we all say Amen and encourage one another to meet together for prayer, for worship and the Breaking of the Bread and as Holy Week approaches honour the One who died for us if there are any quarrels or grievances amongst us to forgive one another and not allow anything to keep us apart from each other for we cannot be separated by anything in heaven or on earth from the Love of God in Christ Jesus.


Psalm 133: Behold how good and pleasant it is to dwell together in unity… for there the Lord has promised his blessing; even life for evermore.