The Curate writes for October

The Curate writes………

At this time the nation is undoubtedly in a constitutional crisis, and whether you are a Remainer or a Brexiteer, you are probably fed up with the politicians who can’t seem to break the present impasse in Parliament. At such times we can feel powerless, but perhaps there is something we can do. At St. Cross we have been encouraging people to pray daily the Church of England’s prayer of national unity:

“God of hope, in these times of change unite our nation and guide our leaders with your wisdom. Give us courage to overcome our fears and help us to build a future in which all may prosper and share; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

When I was considering that prayer it was the words “in these times of change” which struck me. Surely, I thought, we are always in times of change. The weather is changing as we get deeper into Autumn and soon the leaves on the trees will be changing colour and then falling. We, too, are constantly changing from childhood to adulthood, midlife and then to the autumn of our lives.

Some of those changes we can do little or nothing about, but one type of transformation we can assist with is the slow gentle change that God brings to our lives, if we will only be open to his call. I speak of the personal transformation which can be brought about by setting time aside each day for God and meeting him through regular Bible reading and prayer. We all do need to pray in order that we may have that personal relationship with God which helps to form us into the people God wants us to be, but at this time our country also needs our prayer too, as it is clear that parliamentarians cannot, in their own strength, find a way forward and bring the country back into harmony.

With every blessing at this time of change,

Simon