Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
In December our prayer focus was ‘Immanuel’ which means ‘God with us’.
Jesus came into our world to reveal the Father God who loves us and longs that we should know him.
2020 was a year we shall not forget, although many have said they would like to, and we pray for better days to come in 2021. The truth is that we never know what a day will bring and none of us knows what lies ahead in 2021. The good news is that God does.
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
From “ God Knows” by Minnie Louise Haskins.
God knows everything great and small that will happen to us each day. He sees the end from the beginning. When we seek him, no matter what happens he has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. God has already won the final victory and he continues to work his purposes out. Jesus instructs us in John Chapter 15 that we are to remain in him and that apart from him we can do nothing.
As we step into this year let us pray and remember, as individuals and as God’s church here in Stonehaven, that no matter what, we are to ‘Go with God.’
Some have commented that during advent they found it helpful to focus on and pray for the one thing listed each day, so for January we offer you the opportunity to do so again.
With the theme “Go with God ” we offer a focus for your prayers.
1st. The UK as we leave the EU
2nd. Those working for cures for the corona virus and other illness.
3rd. World and local leaders
4th. The bereaved.
5th. Those who are alone.
6th. All who are moving home including Rev Mark Lowey and family.
7th. Those delivering or administering aid everywhere.
8th. Medical workers everywhere.
9th. All in hospital.
10th. Those with no access to medical help.
11th. Children and parents schooling at home.
12th. Those who have no access to education.
13th. The hungry.
14th. Rev Mark Lowey and his family as Mark takes up his post as minister at Fetteresso.
15th. Those still seeking a new minister.
16th. Those suffering from mental distress and anxiety
17th. Those in poverty.
18th. Those who run Food banks and those who need them.
19th. Social workers.
20th. Broken families
21st. Those with no family.
22nd. All who live or work in care or nursing homes.
23rd. Those who live in fear.
24th. All who face conflict.
25th. The armed forces everywhere.
26th. Those separated from loved ones.
27th. Those who have lost jobs and are in need of work.
28th. Those who are ill.
29th. Our planet and its care.
30th. Children everywhere.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy
and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.