Daily Reflection 5th May

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 …

Patient Bird

‘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:

We saw this heron on one of the daily walks my husband Colin, daughter Lana and I take along the Conwy river. It stood perfectly still at the water’s edge, waiting in hope of catching a passing fish. Its patience made me think of peacefulness, reflection and prayer.
 
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.
 
In prayer we can think deeply about our own and other people’s lives, contemplating the past and what is to come. With God’s help we may find a more tolerant and accepting attitude towards those we are praying for, our community and the wider world. That would really help us to find peace in these difficult times.

 
 ‘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 


Gweddi
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

Prayer
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.
 

Adapted from ‘Leading Intercessions’ © Raymond Chapman 

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