A Prayer for Hope

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your loved ones are well. As we approach the second month of the third lockdown I can understand why You may not be feeling one hundred percent and I send You my heartfelt empathy. It is at times like this that We must remember that without light there is no darkness and without faith there can be no hope.

I watched The Dig yesterday, starring Ranulph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan. I shall not give away the storyline but just to say that it too is set against a backdrop of crises. Even when all seems to be running against the characters involved, there is a silver lining. We owe it to ourselves to find that inspiration; to put our finger on that elusive vein of gold. If ever there were a time to dwell, this is it. Are We content with the course of our lives? Should We be charting a different course? Do We bring joy and hope to those around us?

Please find the time to read some Bible passages. You will find some answers in the Bible’s pages.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10

Try also, during Your daily exercise, to acknowledge the beginnings of Spring around You. Therein lies hope. Try not to get caught up too much in daily events, or in the armchair tribal culture war which too many get lost in. See the human in others. Learn to be hopeful about Your enemies. Instead of animosity and hate try love.

This week I hope will be a good one for You. God bless You all.

Heavenly father, I am your humble servant,
I come before you today in need of hope.
I need hope for a calm and joyful future.
I need hope for love and kindness.
I pray for peace and safety.
Some say that the sky is at its
darkest just before the light.
I pray that this is true, for today seems stormy and dim.
I need your light, Lord, in every way.
I pray to be filled with your light.
Help me to walk in your light, and live
my life in faith and service.
In your name I pray, Amen.