Sep 26

Vicar’s Newsletter October 2019

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Dear Friends,
What is your prayer time like and how are you with God?
I ask because at the moment I am reading a book, called Silence and Solitude, which gives instructions and advice on how to spend time in the company of God.  I am being called not to chatter, not to be distracted, but to spend time, maybe 20 minutes in the morning and evening silently in the presence of God…… just us.  Not saying a word, not bringing once again the lists of things I want God to do or have a hand in, just being alone, silent, still and resting in his presence.  Recognising just as the psalm says “Be Still and know that I am God”. (Psalm 46:10)
It’s difficult isn’t it?  Sometimes we feel guilty of just being still, when we know that this or that needs doing.  But the Bible is full of illustrations of people who are in need of just being quiet with God.  Jesus himself spent time alone with God on many occasions.
In the story of Elijah, the prophet found in the book of 1 Kings, 19, we read how, after some amazing acts of God, that Elijah was able to hear God (After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a quiet, gentle sound.)
As I reflect on my ministry and doing Gods work, I recognise the wisdom of this. Because if we are not spending time in Gods presence, we can then begin to do things in our own strength, and you know that it will not really end well.
So I wonder if you would join me. Take time out each day, maybe just start with 5 minutes to begin with, just to sit alone silently and be with God.  Let God look at you as the marvellous person he has created and rest in the love and wonder he has for you.

God bless
Rev Eileen

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