Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Come and rest

“Come now, insignificant man, fly for a moment from your affairs, escape for a little while from the tumult of your thoughts. Put aside now your weighty cares and leave your wearisome toils. Abandon yourself for a little to God and rest for a little in Him.” - Anselm of Cantebury

This quote from Anselm reminds me of the words of Jesus, who understands all our pain and struggles, and invites us to rest in his love. Sometimes all we need is just a few moments to catch our breath and to know that God is with us. I think of Susanna Wesley who had to find time in her massive household of 10 kids to pray and find her peace - she used to sit in a certain chair and put her apron over her head. This was her way of letting her kids know that she was praying. 

We can all find these little moments - we just need to be intentional about it.

Matthew 11:28Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Living in Grace


“I believe in order that I may understand.” - Anslem of Cantebury

Monday, 10 May 2021

Sinners to saints


We should all stop and marvel at how God changes the hearts of even the hardest of people. We may not consider ourselves sinners on a grand scale, but all followers of Jesus need to have moved from being 'sinners' to saints. No one starts the spiritual lives already in the kingdom of God - we need to choose to move from our kingdom to be under God's reign. 

Romans 5:19 - "For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous."

Living in Grace


Sunday, 9 May 2021

Mother's day

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you." - Exodus 20:12

On Mother's day (9th May) we offer up a special prayer of thanksgiving for all mothers (and women in general). We should be grateful for the remarkable role that they play in the lives of our communities. 

"Dear Lord,

Thank you for the gift of women in our communities, and especially for mothers today. We are deeply grateful for their compassion, wisdom, strength and graciousness. We acknowledge the roles they play in guiding and nurturing the hearts of the younger generation, as well as their Godly example. We thank you for their protective instincts and their often unselfish actions.

Sadly, not all people have the gift of a good relationship with their mothers and so we pray for these broken relationships, as well as for those mothers who have already passed away. We ask that the void left by these mothers would be filled by friends, family and Church community. 

Thank you for the role that Mary played in raising the young Jesus and for the way she would have nurtured him and taught him many things. It is profound that the Incarnation of the Messiah included years of being loved and mentored by his parents. Surely, this is not an accident, but a recognition of the importance of these roles.

Lord in your mercy, please hear our prayers. Amen."

Living in grace


Saturday, 8 May 2021

Thinking leads to actions

"Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts." - Soren Kiekergaard

Proverbs 23:7 - "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he."

It is so true that the more we dwell and think on certain things we slowly start to act more inline with those thoughts and ideas.

So, what are you thinking about at the moment?

Is it changing your actions?

Living in Grace


Thursday, 6 May 2021

Love and hate

What do you make of these words from two hugely influential people:

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." - Martin Luther King Jnr.

Jesus said it like this:
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." - Luke 6:26-28

Is there room in our hearts for both?
I don't think so.

Living in Grace

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Aslan the strong

C.S. Lewis created the character of Aslan in his incredible Chronicles of Narnia series and I am grateful for the remarkable image of the strong Lion. Aslan has an obvious correlation with King Jesus and it is interesting that whenever he shows up in the book, he brings hope, authority and love to the others. I think that Lewis did a great job of portraying the strong, but compassionate side of the Lion. 

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

May Jesus Christ bring into your life the same strength, peace and love that you need right now. 

Isaiah 40:29He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

Living in Grace

Tuesday, 4 May 2021


I have come to believe that Prayer is inexhaustible. We could pray for every remaining minute of our lives and still not comprehend the depths and mystery of prayer. For this reason I love reading the thoughts and ideas on prayer, from those who have gone before us. These faithful prayer warriors teach us another beautiful aspect of the ocean of prayer.

Here are a few to inspire you today:

"Sometimes a person prays with his tears, even when words are missing." - Bill Gothard

"Daily prayer for daily needs." - E.M. Bounds

"The great gift of God in prayer is Himself." - Maxie Dunnam

As you find the time to communion with God today I pray that you may experience the light and love of His spirit.

1 Kings 8:28 - "Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day."

Living in Grace