Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well. As I sit here writing this weekly prayer, I see the cushions from our garden chairs flying at head height across the garden while tiles from a nearby barn are being prized off by a series of squalls and gusts. I thought We were in May?
The weather is somewhat ‘biblical’ today. I often wonder during such dramatic displays of a higher power, that reduce humans to clutching hats and having their umbrellas blown away, how people can continue faithless. How, as the Sun rises and sets, as spectacular views appear from plane windows, as babies are born and the elderly slip away to a new sphere – how on earth can they be faithless?
One thing the pandemic has clarified is that scientists rarely agree. The fallacy that scientific advice is all-encompassing and black-and-white has been destroyed most publicly. The scientists who attend my own church are not lesser scientists. They are scientists of faith.
Sometimes the Bible is unhelpful about faithless souls:
“They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips”
Other times the Bible is more encouraging and understanding:
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
When others, as they tend to do, challenge You on Your faith, do not bother rising to the challenge. I get it all the time. There is little point. Just smile! But also pray for those who are faithless and proud for they know not what they say. Pray for the good faithless too. That they may be embraced by the Holy Spirit and their eyes may see.
God Bless You all. Not long to go now before We ‘open up’. I personally cannot wait. Have a peaceful Sunday and a positive week ahead.
Lord forgive us for those we have turned away from you.
Forgive us for times that we unknowingly stand in the way of people trying to get to you.
Give us a heart for the broken! A heart like you have.
We pray for those whose view of Christ has been marred by how the church has represented him.
Make us true, authentic representation of the Father. May they see you when they see us. Amen