13/02/2019

Thought For The Week

'There is such a thing as a prayer place and many people are very aware of that in their lives. It's a place where I can get away from it all.' ~Jack McArdle

We sometimes think that prayer must just be confined to a church. Anywhere else seems out of place. But we can simply pray anywhere that works for us. That can be in our kitchen, a bedroom, a favourite armchair, a favourite walk, artwork, listening to or playing music or time out working in our garden. The choice is endless and it is ours. There is great freedom in finding a place that works for each of us. We have heard many times about how important prayer is. But we often don't get much guidance on how to begin or what to do.

Muhammad Ali famously said that it wasn't the mountains ahead that wear us out, but it's the pebble in our shoe that does the wearing out. Life can be fragile and difficult at the best of times and those difficult pebbles often end up in our shoes. Prayer could be described as time to stop and take the pebble out or at least doing something with it. Once the pebble is out we are ready for the next step and the next challenge. Our faith does not promise that there won't be pebbles but it does put us in a much better position to deal with them.

Prayer can be described as time to recharge, reconnect, reenergise and start again. Prayer needs time, not lots of it but enough to give it some chance to work. Whatever or wherever your prayer place is, just for you to know it is special to you and it is your sacred place. It's a place where we can simply get away from it all.

It's a place where we can recharge, renew and reflect on the blessings in our own lives. It's a place where we can pray to God and share whatever is going on in our lives. This coming week could be a good time to re-find that place in your life where you can connect with God in the way that works best for you.

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