Footprints in the sand

Footprints In The Sand is a beautiful and though provoking poem. Reminding us that the Lord is forever by our side. In times of trial he’ll scoup you up in His loving and forgiving arms. This image beautifully described in “Footsteps”

Once you’ve read and have the image in your mind, stop and pray. A prayer of thankfulness and praise.

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.

For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belongingto him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the verylowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way.

But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

“The LORD replied:

“My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.

During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

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Author: Carolyn Joyce Carty

A Prayer for Christian Aid Week

Week beginning 10 May
Christian Aid Week

‘Honour and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary’ Psalm 96:6

Pray for all the activity and opportunity of Christian Aid Week to run smoothly in communities across the United Kingdom and Ireland and around the world.
Pray that the story of Rose (pictured below) having to walk many miles to collect water – while in her late sixties – will evoke a compassionate and generous response. Pray that, through Christian Aid Week, many churches will get to connect in a meaningful way with their local community.

Pray for the call for climate justice to be clearly heard through the prophetic voice of our partners being amplified this Christian Aid Week.

May the strength
And beauty of your will
be at work through
Christian Aid Week.

Christian Aid Daily Prayer & Reflection with guest speakers

As we celebrate Christian Aid Week virtually this year we really want to come together as a community at a time when the world needs this more than ever. 

We have all been heartened to see the incredible stories of collective action, local neighbourhood help, and prayer. Now is the time to stand together in love and solidarity. 

We would like to join in with our daily prayer and reflection during Christian Aid Week, so we can join together in online prayer.  

Christian Aid’s daily reflections will be taking place on their Facebook page, everyday Monday 11th – Saturday 16th at 11am. You can find Christian Aid’s page here.

Once you are on the page you will find the live video pinned to top of the page.

Weekday prayer pointer

Remember that you’re invited to take time out each night at 8pm to pray in our current situation and light your candle

Tonight we ask you to pray the same prayer, the Lords Prayer.

Say the meditation below, light your candle, then say the prayer Jesus taught us.

Lord’s Prayer Meditation

When I pray ‘OUR’, help me to ensure that my life and faith have room for others and their needs.

When I pray ‘FATHER’, help me to demonstrate this relationship to God in my daily life.

When I pray ‘IN HEAVEN’, help me to ensure that that my main interests are not in earthly things.

When I pray ‘HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME’, help me to strive, with God’s help, to be holy.

When I pray ‘YOUR KINGDOM COME’, help me to demonstrate the ways of God’s kingdom in my daily life.

When I pray ‘YOUR WILL BE DONE’, help me not to be self-willed or resentful of God’s claim on my time, my talents, my resources and myself.

When I pray ‘ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN’, help me to be ready to give myself to God’s service, and the service of others, here and now.

When I pray ‘GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD’, help me to be thankful for all that I have and to share my plenty freely with my neighbour.

When I pray ‘FORGIVE US OUR SINS’, help me to recognise the greatness of God’s love, and the grace that redeems me and sets me free.

When I pray ‘AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US’, help me to forgive those who wrong me, and to harbour no grudges, so that I may fully experience forgiveness myself.

When I pray ‘LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION’, help me to recognise and avoid those situations where I am tempted to do wrong.

When I pray ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL’, help me to take a stand against evil through my prayers, my words and my actions.

When I pray ‘THE KINGDOM IS YOURS’, help me to be willing to obey the King in all things.

When I pray ‘THE POWER AND THE GLORY ARE YOURS’, help me to understand that I cannot, therefore, seek power and glory for myself.

When I pray ‘FOR EVER AND EVER’, help me to see things in their eternal context, and not be anxious about each day’s affairs.

And when I pray ‘AMEN’, help me to recognize that I am saying before God and my neighbour, “Cost what it may, this is my prayer.”