A Prayer for Freedom

VICAR

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that my weekly message and prayer find You well. I hope that You are enjoying this bank holiday weekend so far.

I enjoyed hearing the comments yesterday from the students who attended the ‘trial night club’ in Liverpool. There was one student who declared the experiment ‘the greatest day of her life’. Her words reminding us how We have all suffered without our freedoms of late, especially those of a certain age who should be out enjoying life.

So, this week I’d like You to reflect on freedom and those liberties which will soon be returning to You.

1 Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

Soon We should be able to return to normality. What does that normality mean to You? How can We help those who have had their businesses destroyed by Covid regulations? How can We help those still suffering from the disease or missing loved ones? What can We do for our fellow human beings in distant lands who are still being taken by Covid? Surely our freedom and their wellbeing are clearly intertwined?

As the summer approaches and the frosty mornings dwindle, let us hope with faith and love that Covid ebbs permanently and life can return to normal – as normal as possible for some. How will Your normal look? how worthwhile will it be? Let us use the Covid watershed as a time to dwell on how best to use our own freedoms.

10 Romans 8:21 “That the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

I wish You all a peaceful Sunday and a pleasant week ahead. Be well. God bless.

Dear Lord,

Remind me of my identity in You when I am tempted to bitterness.

Help me to overcome by the power of Your love and grace.

Set me free, Father, free from bitterness and free for grace.

In Jesus’ all-powerful name, I pray,

Amen.