Prisons Week 17th-23rd November 2013 Stand In The Light
The light of the Lord touches all those who call upon his name and turn towards him. Sometimes that’s all we manage to find the will to do - to turn, to lift our eyes to his light in love and longing. This Prisons Week we pray for all those affected by prison and who carry heavy burdens of responsibility or loss, that they might turn to the Lord and find restoration and wholeness in him.
Those who are busy and weighed down with responsibility, stop, stand in the light and find strength and rest. For all who work in prisons, and care for those who are imprisoned, it is very easy to get sucked down into the suffering and needs of others, to be so committed to ensuring that others have the tools they need to change and turn their lives around that they forget their own needs. In times of stress and pressure, of…
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Those laid low, rise up, stand in the light and find your feet. It is so hard to get up when we feel we have dropped off not just God’s radar, but everyone else’s as well. It is hard to have faith when so many things seem to have gone wrong, when we are stuck in shame and paralysed by fear of the future. This is not all that there is; the light of God’s presence shines in the darkest…
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Those living with loss, in pain and fear, take a deep breath, look up and out, stand in the light and find courage. Do not be afraid. Jesus said, “I am with you always to the end of time”. Seek healing for the past, invite Him into your present and future, and take hold of his promise to accompany you on your journey into survival. Lord Jesus, you gathered around you friends and disciples and empowered them with the Holy Spirit…
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Those carrying heavy burdens of responsibility, lay them down awhile, stand in the light and find rest and peace. Those of us who daily have difficult and life-changing decisions and judgements to make can be overwhelmed by the weight they carry and by the anxiety of making mistakes. Take courage from the example of Jesus who trusted in God to hold Him still, through arrest and injustice, to death and Resurrection. Stand firm in the knowledge that He brings light out…
Those who are hurting, lift your heads, stand in the light and find healing. It is hard to be the parent, friend or partner of someone convicted of serious wrongdoing, caught up in darkness and pain that are not of your making, to be held responsible for the actions of others, whose misdeeds over which you have no control. How might we have failed them? How can we help them to grow and to make amends? It is hard too, to…
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Those who can make a difference, join together. Link your arms you people, link your hearts; stand in the light and find strength. Often it is hard to believe that we can make a difference, but as drips of water wear away stones, as waves change coastlines, as seeds become grain and fruits, so we have God’s grace and strength when we join hearts, minds and hands, and work together, standing in His light and doing His will to build community….
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One of the most serious aspects of being in prison can be the sense of isolation and even abandonment; and one of the...
One of the most serious aspects of being in prison can be the sense of isolation and even abandonment; and one of the most effective witnesses that can be given to prisoners is the assurance that they are not forgotten. ‘When I was in prison, you visited me’, says Jesus and this tells us two things – that Jesus is already with those in prison, as he is with all who live in loneliness (including the loneliness of self-reproach or self-hatred); and that he is waiting for us there. I hope and pray that this year’s Prisons Week will help us all to connect with the Jesus who waits for us in prison, and that those undergoing imprisonment will feel confident that they are accompanied in prayer and compassion by the Lord and his servants.
I am delighted to support Prisons Week once again and I strongly encourage Christians to think about, pray for, and act for all...
I am delighted to support Prisons Week once again and I strongly encourage Christians to think about, pray for, and act for all those affected by prisons during this special week in November.
One of the most difficult things we can humanly do is to stand alongside someone in different circumstances to ourselves. Few of us...
One of the most difficult things we can humanly do is to stand alongside someone in different circumstances to ourselves.
Few of us can understand the isolation, loneliness and hopelessness of prison. And this not only affects those within the prison system but their families, their victims, and those who work there. Judges and police too, often work alone and the responsibilities of directly and justly deciding the future of another human being must weigh heavily on them. Christians rejoice that Jesus himself shares that same sense of imprisonment, and that he walks alongside all who live in loneliness. This Prisons Week is a chance to identify in prayer with those who need compassion and understanding, those whose lives have been broken through their own mistakes and the deeds of others. I commend this Week in a spirit of freedom, recalling always that Jesus came to proclaim liberty to the captive and freedom to those imprisoned.
As Moderator of the Free Churches Group I am privileged to support Prisons Week. All of us need the assurance that somebody else...
As Moderator of the Free Churches Group I am privileged to support Prisons Week. All of us need the assurance that somebody else cares for us, and it is in relationships that we find true meaning and purpose for our own lives. For those who have lost their freedom no-matter what the circumstances, serving as a Prisoner brings with it immense challenges, difficulties and dangers of an ever decreasing downward spiral of life. This is contrary to that which God intends for all his creation. Those in Prison and those who seek to offer help support towards a new way beyond and living with confinement need our prayers, so that the appropriate relationships found in God might become a reality.
The Free Churches Group has long been committed to Prison Chaplaincy within which its Chaplains are able to offer support to the staffing communities of our prisons and in particular to come alongside men, women and youth offenders and their families in order to offer relationships of hope. Your thoughts, prayers and actions can be a vital part of that rehabilitation.