Prayer for November 2019
During the first week of October I listened to Desert Island Discs – not something I usually manage to fit in, but on this occasion we were enjoying a break in the West Country and I was fortunate in being able to listen to Sabrina Cohen Hatton.
At the age of 15 she was made homeless after her father died of a brain tumour. Although her school were aware that she was not living at home they did nothing to support her. She sold The Big Issue and slept on the streets of Newport, Wales. It was the sales of The Big Issue that gave her the money she needed to live.
After living on the streets for two years, she succeeded in joining the Fire Service at 18, although this took a large number of applications. Now she is Chief Fire Officer of West Sussex having gained a BSc in Psychology and followed this with a PhD and she is still only in her 30s.
My reaction as I listened to this programme was certainly one of immense praise for her achievement but also, I wondered about how much hope a person must have had to enable them to navigate their way through such a difficulty journey.
In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul speaks to us about Faith, Hope and Love and perhaps we are prone to take Hope as the poor relation of those two great aspects of our lives – Faith and Love. Here we have a person who, during a lot of her life, must have been living on Hope.
Shall we pray?
Dear Lord, Father and friend show us that no matter how bad things get for us we still have Hope to keep us connected with Faith and Love. Amen