Lord we seek parenting.
Not just a father but a mother too.
We need all the qualities of 'family'.
to feel part of,not apart from
And you have given us instructions
to find the lost and alone sheep.
From the often
scrambled, chaotic collage of
clues and snippets of advice
we/I ask for what to pray?
How to focus?
Thankyou Lord that
we all woke up this morning
Thank you that as I did
you answered my plea
with Liverpool's football anthem
Lord we are walking through storms
seeking to keep our heads held high
to look up not down
and not to be afraid of the
dark flooded valley
We seek courage
from the seeds of faith
you have planted
in each one of us
Not to just sing but believe
and to act upon
'IF YOU SAY GO
WE WILL GO
IF YOU SAY STAY
WE WILL STAY
IF YOU SAY STEP OUT ON THE WATER
though they say it can't be done
WE WILL FIX OUR EYES ON YOU>>>>>>>and WE WILL COME!
Your ways are higher than our ways and when the curtain ripped
Jesus had broken through the sea had parted
the dove had returned
the rainbow of hope had appeared
Your son's shining had brought us back home to you
'MOTHER /FATHER' GOD Author of ALL LIFE.
The slave mother Jochobed
entrusted baby Moses to a basket
and placed it in the reeds and water of the NILE
Miriam Jochobed's sister bravely asked the Pharoah's daughter if
Jochobed could effectively wet nurse her own son.
Lord may we entrust ourselves and our children
to your motherhood?
In parallel to Herod's defense of his authoring
the words on the cross
he wrote 'what I have written I have written'
and so Lord help us to identify
and author such testimony in our lives
Esther authored the words 'If I perish I perish'
instructing..go and gather all the Jews in Susa
and fast for me,I will go see the King,
which is not according to the law.'
Lord help us to be more like Esther,Jochobed,
and the midwives of Exodus 1.17
who let the male children live
Help us always to fear you more than
the legalism of our own interpretations
BRING US TOGETHER AS FAMILY
May the storms of nature's devastation and war's cruelty
from Syria to Somerset be fought by the presence of mothers
and fathers and the children all in concert
saying 'NO!Whenever others are excluded from your Love and rescue.
My Spotify account just suggested that if I like Leonard Cohen
perhaps I might also like Jennifer Warnes
My facebook accounts invite me to like and to share
and you remind me that
'what I do not do
for the least of one of these
I do not do for you'
And that anyone can like their likeable friends
but I am to be more like the outsider Samaritan
and Love those who do not seem likeable-my enemies(?)
And 'turn the other cheek'
I pray for Dawn French
whose simple plea on the front of
a glossy magazine looking sad and lonely
is 'don't bully me for being fat'.
Lord help us identify the bully in each of us and repent
we learn some of it from the judgemental culture of out newspapers
The big game of fame and fortune hunting
and the famous and fortunate being hunted
help us to live on enough is enough
to say no to such narrowness of heart
Let us know that our enough is Jesus
our mother father sister and brother. Amen