The patient wait
As we continue into the seventh week of ‘lockdown’, there is understandable impatience to lift the restrictions that are holding back so many things that make our society work. Joan Flood from St. Mary’s Conwy brings us today’s daily reflection in which she shares her thoughts on seeing this bird below: connecting her renewed life of prayer with the patient awaiting of his catch …
‘Disgwyl yn dawel am yr Arglwydd, aros yn amyneddgar amdano.’
Salm 37: 7
‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.’
Psalm 37: 7
Joan Flood writes:
As well as helping with the social isolation, our walks give time to talk and reflect together – on times past and on how good it will be when we can see friends and family again. But I’m also discovering the important part that prayer plays in moving forward. Unable to socialise and talk things through with friends, my prayers have become more personal, private and maybe more revealing to God than ever before.
‘Wait for the Lord and he will help you.’
Proverbs 20: 22
Let us be patient like the heron, pray and put our trust in God to help us get to the other side of this pandemic. That would be like my favourite story about Jesus: walking on the water and challenging Peter to put his trust in Him enough to walk on it too.
28 Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ 29 He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’
Matthew 14: 28-31
Mewn heddwch a hyder
gadewch i ni weddïo ar yr Arglwydd.
Dyro ras i ni, ein teuluoedd a’n ffrindiau,
i adnabod presenoldeb Crist ym mhob peth a wnawn.
Cadw dy bobl yn gadarn mewn gweddi dros anghenion y byd.
Yn enw Crist. Amen.
‘Arwain Ymbiliau’ Cyfieithiad © Cynthia Davies
In peace and confidence,
let us pray to the Lord.
Give grace to us, our families and friends,
to recognise the presence of Christ in all we do.
Sustain your people to be strong in prayer for the needs of the world.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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