Friday, 1 January 2016

Praying for a Miracle

As I reflect with grief on the state of the world – the suffering of hundreds of thousands of refugees who are hungry, cold and afraid, and the over-indulgence of others, like us in Britain, guarding the borders of our comfortable lives – I know the world needs a miracle. 

It needs a miracle like the feeding of the 5,000.  A miracle of sharing.  It begins with one boy who opened his heart and shared the little he had.  This unlocked something in other people, enabling them to do the same. Instead of selfishly hanging on to what they had got, they offered it to others, and there was enough, more than enough for everyone.

So today, at the start of this new year of 2016, I pray for a miracle of radical generosity, and may it begin with me. 

‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you. Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life – and place it before God as an offering …
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.’ (The Message, Romans 12.1-2)

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