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The Ground of our Praying

Prayer is the deliberate and persevering action of the soul. It is true and enduring, and full of grace. Prayer fastens the soul to God and makes it one with his will, through the deep inward working of the Holy Spirit.

I am the ground of your praying. First, it is my will that you should have this; then I make it your will too; then I make you ask for it, and you do so. How then should you not have what you pray for?

Everything our good Lord makes us to pray for, he has ordained that we should have since before time began.

When we come to heaven, our prayers shall be waiting for us as part of our delight, with endless joyful thanks from God

Julian of Norwich


A Meditation

‘In the beginning the earth was without form and void and darkness was over the face of the deep’ Genesis 1:1-2

‘Are thy wonders known in the darkness? Or thy saving help in the land of forgetfulness.’ Psalm 88: 12-14

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‘God, there is darkness in my mind, darkness in my memory

Of people, places, things, of words once sharp and bright.

There is a void; I cannot form what I would say;

There is a deep from which I cannot pluck the names of those so dear to me!


Each morning when I wake, it is still night within,

My brain will not obey my heart’s desire to pray.

I feel cast off into that formless deep, unable ever more to see thy face!


And yet, there is the eye of faith formed long ago,

Which will not let me drown in my forgetfulness.

Your Spirit moves upon my deep and enters in the formless void to save me.


I am a child of your remembrance Lord,

You came into my darkness on the Cross of my forgetfulness.

Your Spirit knows and speaks the words I cannot say,

Your face is near upon all those who love me

And light perpetual will be mine one day.

Jennifer Brown, 

Reader in the Diocese of Newcastle, Candidate ADipR


As I sit in heaven

As I sit in heaven

And watch you every day

I try to let you know with signs

I never went away.

I hear you when you’re laughing,

And watch you as you sleep.

I even place my arms around you

To calm you as you weep.

I see you wish the days away

Begging to have me home,

So I try to send you signs

So you know you are not alone.

Don’t feel guilty that you have

Life that was denied to me,

Heaven is truly beautiful

Just you wait and see.

So live your life, laugh again,

Enjoy yourself, be free.

Then I know with every breath you take

You’ll be taking one for me.

                                                       Author unknown






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