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Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Power of Prayer by Sue Russell

A few days ago Lynda Alsford posted here on counting one's blessings. Lynda often writes wisely, and I read her post with nods of agreement.It made me think of a book I reviewed some years ago by an American author, Julie Saffrin. The book is called 'BlessBack' and is well worth reading, dealing with the effects of expressing gratitude in a deliberate and positive way.
Lynda's post set me thinking about the myriad blessings in my life, all undeserved. Here in rural France I am particularly conscious of the bounty and beauty of our planet, God's gift to his creatures. Hay has now been collected by busy men in tractors, leaving the fields stripped and golden.
The maize is standing tall, but it will be taller still when it is harvested in October, to be stored as winter feed for the cattle. Those same cows and bullocks, unaware of the preparations being made for their benefit, loll about in the fields, lazily chewing. In the crowded markets the stalls are loaded down with produce, much of it local, a bewildering display of variety and colour. The summer fruit is brilliant and sumptuous - melons, nectarines, apricots. God's provision is indeed sublimely generous.
I have never really gone hungry or wondered where my next meal is coming from. The chances are this is true of many of us. We not only have plenty, but also the opportunity of choice. And for all this, and much more, I am truly thankful. But of course there are many in our world who battle with hunger and thirst, for any number of reasons, geography, and the carelessness and greed of other people, among them.


This makes me both uneasy and helpless. What can I do that will make a difference? Yes, I can contribute to disaster funds, support my local food bank, seek to avoid waste. But I can also pray, and this may be my most effective weapon against all I see to be wrong in our world. At the very least it makes me more aware, more open to God's leading; and I am certain that from my little prayers, offered sincerely and thankfully, God can and does reap a harvest of which I will  probably know nothing.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for this encouraging post, Sue. Where in France do you live? And how come in France? I'm in neighbouring Switzerland, not far from Zürich.

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  2. We don't live here permanently, Viktor, but we visit frequently. We have a crumbling pile in Basse-Normandie.

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  3. Lovely photos of my favourite country and a great reminder to stop moaning about the state of the world and pray for it. Thanks Sue ☺

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  4. We are so little in our closeted lives, largely protected from war and famine, and yet it wasn't always so. We are so blessed, and your blog is a timely reminder of the abundance of peace and plenty we currently enjoy. Thank you for this thoughtful post.

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  5. More things are wrought by prayer . . . etc. Shakespeare's never wrong

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  6. I like the idea of God reaping a harvest through our prayers. Thank you.

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