I pray today Lord, for those people who are watching family members suffering from illness. Help them to lift up their loved one to you in prayer and in love. Help them to support the medical staff and to find helpful ways to express their love towards their loved one throughout the process until healing comes. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for journalists in the media and ask that you will give them the capacity to convey information that is accurate and true. Help them to recognise their own bias and to declare this so that the public can make allowances as they assess the opinions expressed and “colouring” of the news. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for those people involved in legal proceedings that reveal details of their private lives and intimate family matters. Help them to cope with the unwanted publicity and the hurt they are being caused. Give them the courage and strength to live through this difficult time. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
“Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance,
let us work for the benefit of all”.
Gal 6:10 EHP
In the depths of the world’s economic depression in the nineteen – thirties there lived in a small town in Lincolnshire a believing Christian who was a retired businessman. It was often remarked that the town needed a “District Nurse” which was a fancy title for a midwife. This retired businessman set about raising the funds with which to purchase a house to accommodate the promised nurse. He went round the whole town from house to house asking people for their empty jam jars and people happily contributed their disused jars. In a town about thirty miles away he had a friend who was also a Christian businessman. The friend ran a confectionary and jam factory and offered to buy the empty jam jars – for a half-penny each! It took an awful lot of jam jars to build the house, in fact two hundred and eighty-eight thousand. But the man traipsed the streets of the town until the last jam jar was collected, the house bought, the midwife installed, and the expectant mothers could know they would receive professional assistance when their time of confinement came. The whole town benefitted from this one man’s dedication and compassion.
Not all of us keep our eyes and ears open to know of the needs and opportunities in the communities around us. Maybe we should. And maybe if we were prompted by the Holy Spirit somewhat more than we are – then we would know where the gaps and needs are. Maybe if love overflowed more than it does in our self-orientated lives we would be ready to “work for the benefit of all”, as Paul said here.
Lord, make me more aware of the needs around me.
(Note that should you have multiple beneficiaries the funds raised will be split between them. You may have up to a maximum of three beneficiaries.)