A Prayer for Hope

VICAR

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I wish You and Your loved ones well. I trust that You have had a good week since my last message.

Whether it is the passing of a beloved family dog, news that an old friend has a serious bout of cancer, or a child in tears because his parents cannot patch up their marriage, I get bombarded every week with sad news, such is life. One never really gets used to it. As a human being I feel along with those next to the pain.

All I can say is that sometimes the dark news has a silver lining and provides a chance for the person affected to grow in Christ, as well as becoming a better and stronger person. Some will roll up into a ball and depression will descend, occasionally even leading to medical interventions. Others take their bad news on the chin and bravely lift their arms to the sky even though they feel that they are on the receiving end of repeated kicks in the guts. Of course Jesus had no choice and he lived through his agonies for us in the greatest sacrifice known to mankind.

I have seen humans suffer horribly but shrug off their bad lot as if a mere scratch. I have watched people act brave in public and then break down in private. Sometimes the stiff upper lip helps but oftentimes, Dear Friends, it is better to pray and to talk. Go find Your Vicar if You need to talk.

What I have learnt in my years on this earth is that talking really helps. Prayer is also talking but it is the camaraderie of others and talking through one’s pain with other humans that gets You through the darkness. It is surprising how other humans can make the one in pain laugh even at the worst of times. It never fails to amaze me how humans can instil hope in other humans when there seems to be no hope at all.

I wish You a wonderful week ahead and God Bless You All.

If today You’re struggling to find hope in dark places and are looking for the right words to pray, I suggest You stand out in a green field or park and look towards the sun. I hope these prayerful words will help You:

Lord, help me to hear you saying, “I am your hope” over all the other voices. Lord, your word says, you are the hope for hopeless so I’m running to you with both hands stretched out and grabbing on to you. Fill me up with hope and give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline. God, you know those things in my heart that I barely dare to hope for, today I give them to you, I trust them to you, and ask that you because I know that you can do more than I could ever guess, imagine or request in wildest dreams. God, you are my hope and I trust you.

Amen.