Editorial by Margaret Baker, Team Vicar
Well, we are halfway through 2016! It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago that we were talking and planning about what we hoped would happen in this new year, and yet I’m sure it will have had its highs and lows already. I have even heard talk about the fact that winter is on its way as our nights will now be getting longer!
We live in a society that is always changing and some of the changes don’t seem very attractive at the time. We would feel happier if things stayed the same, yet if we are going to grow, those changes need to happen.
July is often the month of change, especially for those involved in education. There will be many children, young people and adults moving into new areas of their lives – changing classes, teachers, schools, and leaving to go into new areas of work or starting employment for the first time. All of these experiences will have an impact in one way or another.
This month I would like to encourage you to pray for all those who are involved in education in any way and will be experiencing change, particularly those within the area of the Rivers Team. The list is very long! I started writing them all down but realised that this would take up too much room, so my suggestion is that you think about those around us who will have a change and pray for them. And if you don’t feel you know anyone, why not pray for the school nearest to where you live?
As Christians we know the power of prayer and how things can and do change if we seek God’s help, support and guidance. I hope that as you pray, you too will feel blessed and encouraged.
I came across this prayer which might be a good starting point for your prayers:
We thank you for all we have gained through education
We thank you for new knowledge,
new skills, new experiences that we have gained
through the different stages of our lives.
Help us, we pray, to continue to learn.
Help us all to make the most of all the opportunities that arise to grow.
And at the end of this education year we commit all those
who are fearful of change into your care. Amen.