A Prayer for the Defeated

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your families are well and happy this Sunday morning. With Christmas just ten days away I trust that You are well prepared!

Last week was a momentous week for our country. This week I would like to reflect on those who are not content. I would like to urge those who are delighted not to rub their victory into the open wounds of the defeated.

I do not recall the losing side ever protesting against the winning Prime Minister the day after an election. That is a most unwelcome development in our country. It goes to show that there are malevolent forces at play with pre-printed posters and organised groups of brainwashed youths. It would be best for all if these groups stood down and let the country enjoy a period of peace and unifying. The relationships between people are more important than the relationships between voting statistics.

I cannot imagine the divisions should We have woken up to another hung parliament. Whichever way You voted, feel blessed that at least there is an end in sight to the war of words that has so damaged our peoples. Briton versus Briton was never a fight that was going to be painless.

This week I urge peace. Let the country fall back into stockings, Christmas lights and celebrating the birth of Our Lord. Human distractions are just that. There is a more important narrative at this time of year. Families should seek to reunite as should our country. We should realise just how lucky We are to live here in this passionate land.

God Bless You all. I wish You a peaceful and joyful week.

Lord,

You promised to give rest to all who are weary and carry heavy burdens. Your yoke fits perfectly and the burdens You give are light.  We are supposed to trust in You with all of our hearts and not depend on our own understanding so that You can direct our paths.  You are the God who brings rest to our souls.  Today, we will trust in Your Word and believe that it is operative in the hearts and souls of our members who feel defeated, weary or sad.  We confess that though they are surrounded by troubles, You, our Father, will preserve them, and save them with Your power.  Father, we expect You to give them peace of mind and we declare that their hearts will not be afraid.  We confess, even though they may be pressed on every side by troubles, they will not be crushed or broken.  They may feel perplexed, but they will not give up and quit.  They may be pursued, but they will not be abandoned.  They may be knocked down; but, they will get up again and keep going.  Father, we declare that they will sleep without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams.   There remains a rest for the people of God and we declare that those who feel defeated, weary or sad will obtain and dwell in this rest.

Amen

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