Prayer for the Mentally Ill

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I wish You all well. This week 29 year old Richard Russell – a ground worker at Seattle airport – stole a 76-seat, twin-engine turboprop Bombardier Q400, did some rolls with it and then crashed into an uninhabited area, killing himself and destroying the plane. People I have met have brought up the subject of Richard’s demise with a … Continue reading Prayer for the Mentally Ill

A Prayer of Thanks for Rain

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I write this week’s piece from the rectory study. The wind is battering the house with rain. The brown grass outside is gradually turning green. Leaves are flying everywhere. And I can see the family car is white – it has been brown with dust these last weeks of incessant sunshine and I’ve refrained from using the hosepipe. … Continue reading A Prayer of Thanks for Rain

A Prayer for the Recently Diagnosed

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and healthy. That your families are likewise booming and burgeoning. Today I want to draw Your attention to those in our communities who have recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I am minded of the scene in The Theory of Everything where the late Stephen Hawking is hunched in a seat … Continue reading A Prayer for the Recently Diagnosed