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Reflections and prayers from ‘plus’ magazine


‘Pray inwardly, even though you find no joy in it. For it does good, though you feel nothing, see nothing, yes, even though you think you cannot pray. For when you are dry and empty, sick and weak, your prayers please God, though there be little enough to please you. All believing prayer is precious to God.’

 God accepts the good-will and work of his servants, no matter how we feel.

Julian of Norwich


Reflections on terrorist attacks 

Oh Lord, I don’t know how to forgive such terrible acts of desolation and destruction. If I could understand the reasons for the acts maybe I could see why they happened and have a better chance of forgiving but there doesn’t seem to be any valid reason – just hate from one so-called religion of anyone and everyone not of a like mind to them. How can any faith believe that God would want to be allied to these acts?  – Certainly not the God of Islam and Christianity.

I sit here weeping for all those caught up in the atrocities but know that tears cannot help them – but you can. Be there for all those families torn apart by death and mutilation of their loved ones. Wrap them in your love and give them the strength to carry on.

Strengthen the resolve of their friends and communities so that they can support them in the months to come.

Nurture the positive outcomes of the day such as that in Manchester, so that the people continue to work together and foster links between communities of all faiths or none so that the ideology of evil has no place to grow.

Lastly, strengthen me, Lord, so that, in time, I may be able to forgive.

                                                                                                                          Sue Kennedy


Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behaviour.

Forgiveness prevents their behaviour from destroying your heart.

                                                                                                              #beyond ordinary







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