Prayer for September 2019
Our grandson, Sam, has just returned from a year out teaching in Central America. Before coming home he visited Columbia in South America.
He told us of going to the capital Bogata where there are 75 miles of highway reserved each Sunday from 7am to 2pm for leisure, so walkers, joggers, skaters and particularly cyclists are free to move without the
danger of vehicular traffic. The idea, called La Ciclovia, or Cycleways, has been taken up slowly by other countries.
I would like to think that the instigation of Ciclovia has a religious base to it, using Sunday as a day of rest. The Autumn can be a harvest of the good things of life but also a slowing down. Our September prayer has this in mind:
I have nothing special to do today. I know the time may pass too quickly and that I can waste it. Help me to use this leisure-time well.
There are jobs to be done at home, garden and church; but we are not as young as we used to be. There are books to read; friends to visit who could be cheered by an unexpected call; parents and family who need help; phone calls to make. Sunday brings its own responsibilities; our worship may help us search for peace and understanding but we need time to think straight.
O Lord. Show us what is important in all our activities. Help us to relax, to be still and know that you are God.
In Jesus we ask for your blessing.
(with assistance from Richard Hall in his book 'For everything a Season')