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Relationships

This week we celebrate a number of special Holy men and women. Each of them had a special relationship with God. St Teresa of Avila often had a difficult relationship with God and found a way to connect through prayer. She didn’t find it easy though and it reminds us that any relationship we have takes time, effort and work, especially our relationship with God. What are the most important relationships in your life? How is your relationship with God?

 

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We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

As always, we begin with our word of the week video:

How will you improve your relationship with God this week?

How is your relationship with God? Have you been taking time to spend in prayer and fellowship with the Lord?

Don’t wait unto a crisis hits to call upon the name of the Lord. But rather, in good times as well as bad times, let us glorify His name!
The Bible says:

“So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Let us pray:

Almighty God, I pray that I will be taken into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with You, where I will grow in faith and hear the still small voice within my soul. Help me to be attentive to Your call, that will cause me to walk in Your righteousness. Open the eyes of my heart. May I see the many blessings you bestow on me, especially the very small ones that I sometimes take for granted. Amen

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

We will now head over to the youth service who are going to give us a run down on this week’s celebrations and feast days. 🙂

What are the most important relationships in your life and why?

 

We end our prayer with the sign of the cross…
We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

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Can one student please read the following poem to the rest of the class

 

One night I dreamed I was walking

along the beach with the Lord.

Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.

Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,

other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that

during the low periods of my life,

When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat I could only see one set of footprints,

so I said to the Lord, ‘You promised me Lord that if I followed you, you would walk with me always.

But I noticed that during the most trying periods

of my life there have only been one set of prints in the sand.

Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?’

The Lord replied, ‘The years when you have seen only one set of

Footprints, my child, is when I carried you.’ (Mary Stevenson)

 

As modern Christian’s reading this poem, we can easily apply it to the challenges of daily life. In the 4th stanza, the Father says “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.”

This is a poem of hope, that no matter what, we can always rely on God’s love and support.

Who is this like in our lives?  Who do we always rely on for love and support? How do we show love in return?

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Through prayer we experience a relationship with God. The quality of our prayer life then determines the quality of our relationship with God. Prayer is talking with God. Prayer is listening to God. Prayer is enjoying the presence of God. It can take many forms – for example: worship, confession, thanksgiving, praise, petition (asking for things) and waiting (silent, listening and sensing of God).

Prayer is not simply saying words. It is not repeating formulas. God is looking for heartfelt relationship. We are told by Jesus not to make meaningless repetitions of words when we pray. (Mathew 6:7). God is our greatest friend, he will help us weather ANY storm, we just have to be open to having a relationship with him.

What can you do to improve your relationship with God?  Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments box below 🙂

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

As always, we end the week with Last Sunday’s Gospel reading.

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross
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