Prayer for Liverpool
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful… and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Colossians 3: 15-17 (emphasis mine)
As I walked along sea front on Tuesday I felt incredibly blessed. Yes you and I are living in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic with so many deaths, but as I looked out to sea and over to the Wirral I was overwhelmed by the peace and the beauty of the scenery all around me.
Gratitude, being thankful, is at the heart of our Christian Faith as evidenced in our scriptural reading from Colossians, but being thankful often gets forgotten. We forget because human nature is such that we tend to dwell on the negative. We dwell on what we don’t have rather than what we do have.
We have so much and this has been brought home to me during this time of lockdown. As I look around me I am grateful for the NHS; I am grateful for the Friends’ of St James’ Gardens; I am grateful to those who have developed the water front; I am grateful to all who supply my daily needs.
As we look towards VE Day tomorrow I am so grateful to those who gave their lives so that I and the rest of Europe have been able to live in peace. So as the verses from Colossians say, let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and give thanks to God. Give thanks to God for the peace of the past 75 years and give thanks for this wonderful city and country and do not forget to give thanks for the NHS.
A 75th VE Day service will be broadcast tomorrow morning from prayerforliverpool.org.
While you're here:
Why not prepare for next Sunday's worship? Our preparation sheet for adults and for children can be accessed by clicking on the Resources tab of this website: https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/prayer-resources.html.
Prayer for Liverpool
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