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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

17 January 2018: Rev'd Stephen Wright, Petersfield Methodist Church

Help Required

I once came upon a prayer that went something like this:

‘Dear Lord, so far this year I've done well. I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on, I'm going to need all the help you can give me. Amen.’

The real world can be a pretty challenging place. Hopes and aspirations easily take a tumble, as reality, not to mention our own character and personality, proves a rather more stubborn thing to shape than we had thought. It is, perhaps, a little unkind to mention such things in the middle of January, when enthusiasm for new year’s resolutions might be wearing thin. But if it is something you connect with, you will not be the first or the last, to feel this way.

As St Paul once said: ‘I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate.’ Every generation since, has pondered, at least on some occasion, the strange habit of humankind to miserably fail to live up to its ideals. It is a criticism regularly levelled at the likes of Christians of course. In truth, I suspect most Christians, know their failings as much, if not more than others. It is why the forgiveness of God is so keenly sort and why, perhaps, prayers like the one above, are not just a funny anec


Two PACT Events for your Diary (1) PACT AGM: Wednesday 17 January at St Peters, 7:30 pm (2) PACT Unity Service: Sunday 21 January at St Laurence, 4:30 pm

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