This month we will be exploring our fourth holy habit – prayer. Prayer is an amazing privilege. The idea that we get to communicate with the creator and sustainer of the whole universe is simply awesome. We have unlimited access and can invite God into our daily, ordinary lives. When we do, we will can have an adventure as Mary will be talking about this Sunday.
Recently, I heard a great story from someone in the church about their grown up son (we will call him Gavin). Gavin is a church warden of a church way up north. They have recently opened a new drop in cafe for anyone in the community. On one such morning he noticed a man standing outside the church looking nervous.
He went over to talk with him to invite him in. The man said he was keen to come in but was very anxious. They continued chatting and after a little while Gavin said to the gentleman. ‘I bet I can tell you whereabouts in the UK you are from?’ ‘OK’, says the stranger. ‘You’re from Northampton!’ ‘Wow’, says the stranger, ‘how did you know that?’
Gavin tells him that he is also from Northampton and that he can recognises the accent anywhere. Then Gavin says, ‘I also know that Mr. Kelly was your teacher at Cedar Road School.’ By this time the stranger was looking somewhat confused. Gavin went on to explain that as they had started to talk he recognised him as someone who had been in his class at school. Well by now they were getting on famously and went into the drop in together. The stranger told Gavin how he was struggling with mental health issues and loneliness. He was so pleased to have made it into the drop in cafe and been welcomed outside in the middle of a northern city by an ex-classmate from a Northampton school.
Isn’t it amazing what can happen when we are open, though prayer, to inviting God into our everyday adventures. You never know who you might meet and how God might use each and everyone of us.
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3