Several times this week I have got to the end of the day and wondered “who am I and what am I trying to achieve here?” Been there? It might just be the time of the year, the weather, or the fact that more and more people are feeling stretched to the limit and don’t want to try any more, but the result is the same… physical, mental and spiritual meltdown! The universal response – go see the Padre! So, as a result, I have seen people with relationship issues, work issues, stress, depression, grief, financial crisis and others just fed up with the system. I have done what I could for each… but there have been too many times when I felt inadequate, and unable to “fix” things.
Out of all that I have to admit I am not the Messiah, I am not all powerful, and I do not have a magic wand to cure all the ills of the world, not even my small part of it! Several times I have heard myself saying that we are where we are because of the choices we have made, and if we keep doing what we have always done we will get what we have always got. But we can each choose to do something different!
Hopefully the people I have shared with have come away with some practical options of what they could do to get that different, better outcome. Yet, as I looked back over my week and pondered my own actions, I had not challenged others to do what I knew I had to do… pray. William Barclay in a book called a Plain Man’s Book of Prayers, put it like this:
“Our Father, who dost desire us to love and to serve one another… grant us through this day the gifts and graces which will make us easy to live with.
Grant us courtesy, that we may live every moment as if we were living at the court of a king.
Grant us considerateness, that we may think of the feelings of others even more than our own.
Grant unto us kindliness, that we may miss no opportunity to help, to cheer, to comfort and to encourage another person.
Grant unto us so to live today that the world may be a happier place because we passed through it, Amen.”
I hope that is something worth pondering and praying today.
Chaplain Ian Whitley