Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh (Photo: Irene Bom) When we worry, we leave ourselves vulnerable to attack. Here is Paul’s remedy to ensure defenses are in place so we can rest secure: “Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which … Continue reading "Protection for hearts and minds"
Refuge … refugee … According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) website: FIGURES AT A GLANCE We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the … Continue reading "3 Prayers for Refugees"
PDF version This prayer sheet is inspired by the September 2017 theme of the month: Refuge. The psalmist says, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, because I come to you for safety. In the shadow of your wings I find protection until the raging storms are over.” (Psalm 57:1, GNT) These prayers … Continue reading "Theme: Shelter under His wings"
The World News in Prayer entry for this week weaves together the particulars of current events with the John Newton song Amazing Grace in a prayer to the God of grace, relief and safety. You can find the prayer here. Why not use one of your favourite hymns as an inspiration for prayer this week? … Continue reading "God of grace"
Women’s Day 2016, Rome (Photo: Irene Bom) Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers, will protect you under His great wings; His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you. (Psalm 91:4, The Voice) When early Celtic Christians felt physically or spiritually threatened … Continue reading "Circle me, Lord"
Bird houses from recycled billboards* (Photo: Irene Bom) Hear Jesus’ gracious invitation in John 15:4a: “Abide in me, and I in you.” (King James Version) Or, to put it another way, “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you.” (The Message) Somehow the word “abide” has the word “refuge” … Continue reading "Abide"
“More fear” billboard, Amsterdam (Photo: Irene Bom) The theme of the month for September is “Refuge”. For the first post in this series I’ve selected a Call to Worship by Joanna Haradar posted on the Spacious Faith website in 2013, inspired by Psalm 46. The words could have been written yesterday. Call to Worship inspired … Continue reading "A very present help in trouble"