The beginning of another week …
We begin our ninth week of lockdown with …
💗 A heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated to our Christian Aid appeal. We have raised well over a thousand pounds in online giving through Christian Aid week.
🔒 Thanks too for messages of encouragement and understanding yesterday as Zoom wouldn’t allow anyone into our coffee morning. Zoom, it appears had a system failure right across the UK and other parts of Europe and the USA. At the time, of course, we thought it was just us! So many churches are now using Zoom on a Sunday morning – in a way, it’s great that there appears to be so much demand. Hopefully all their glitches will be resolved by next Sunday and it will serve us well again.
🙏 We are now aware of a number of people in our part of North Wales who are suffering with COVID-19 and other serious health issues. They need our prayers. We stand alongside their families, those caring for them and everyone for whom this is such a difficult time.
Today’s reflection comes from Carol Burstow, an itinerant Evangelist who worships at St. Mary’s Conwy, with a timely reminder of God’s saving compassion and grace.
Jesus put His hands on the woman. Immediately she stood up straight and praised God. Her problem was taken from her and she stood tall because of Jesus. She could live a normal life. She praised God.
In our time we have problems too. We may look for healing as the woman did but we also have problems of fear, loneliness and real need. You may be someone who is very worried about your income, how you will pay the rent or mortgage or buy food. Your concern may be about your family or a friend in need, or what the future may bring.
It is as if we are bent over with the weight of our problems, and everything is so difficult. The wonderful thing is that because Jesus has risen from the dead, He is with us today ready to help. He wants to reach out with His anointed hands, and touch us just as He touched the woman, so that He can set us free from fear and distress. God is the same God, yesterday, today and for ever. Today He is coming to you, will you let Him touch you?
As He touches people, they know that He is with them in their problems. He will help them to lift up their eyes to see the beauty around them and to know His love shown by other people. Then let us praise God.
All around us are many people who are afraid of the future, and what it will mean for them. They want answers to many questions and are weighed down by all that is happening. Jesus is the answer to our every need, and it is exciting how God is touching lives in these times. We can pray for our community that many people will ask Jesus to touch their lives, and be able to stand upright in Jesus. Then they too will praise the Lord.
Help us to come to you with our burdens
which we find so heavy to carry.
Please give us the rest and peace we need,
as we invite you to come and touch our lives.
Let your Holy Spirit, your very presence, be our friend and helper.
We praise you today that you love us with an everlasting love,
and are with us in all we think and do.
May the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be with us all now and for evermore. Amen.
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