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He has guided you thus far in life. Do but hold fast to His hand and He will lead you safely through all your trials. Whenever you cannot stand He will carry you lovingly in His arms. Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same Eternal Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day of your life. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all vain dreads and all anxious imaginings.

St Francis de Sales 1567-1622

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Christ of the resurrection, You give us hope!

In you we begin to discover our own resurrection, That small flickering spark of life, so vulnerable to being extinguished, But which will grow within us until we are fully alive. Why are we so surprised to find our senses heightened To rejoice in a flower, a smile, a kind gesture? Why so surprised to be disturbed by another’s pain, hunger or injustice, And to feel the need to act, to stand up, to speak out? Why, in the midst of our selfishness, are we amazed to find a desire to be changed? To shift the focus from self to you and to your world?

Christ of the resurrection, You give us hope for our own resurrection!

 

Christ of the resurrection, You give us hope!

In you we can see signs of new life around us, signs of your kingdom. Right in the midst of great depravity, greed, selfish ambition, fear and intimidation, We notice the small act of kindness, Courageous forgiveness, Brave opposition. Individuals and communities daring to be different, Enabling the hungry to be fed, the torture to stop the peace talks to succeed. In the face of hopelessness hope is found.

Christ of the resurrection, You give us hope for the resurrection of your world!

And we give you thanks. Amen

Liz Styan.

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We stand before you, Lord, with hands wide open, ready to receive you.

We bring before you, Lord, our modest gifts, like tiny seeds, not knowing what fruits you may bring out of them.

We wait before you, Lord asking that our hands and gifts, offered in your service, will make a difference to the world beyond all our imaginings.

In the name of Jesus, who once was weak and now is exalted.   Amen  

Christian Aid

 

 

 

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