Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, I awoke to a loss of internet connection! I had no access to email or social media. It felt very strange to know that the connections to which I had become so accustomed, was simply not available to me. Thankfully, the landline was available to make a necessary telephone call to my daughter who may have tried getting hold of me on social media.

First, I had to try and locate the problem. Was it my router or a general, local issue. There was no apparent damage to the line outside the house [most of which is underground anyway!] If it had not been so early on a Sunday morning, I might have been able to ask the neighbours if they were experiencing any issues. But it was not long before a text message came through from my service provider informing me that engineers were working on the fault and they were hoping the problem would be fixed by 4pm. 4PM! Consequently, I had to be patient.

Sometimes we may feel that the line to God has gone dead. Communication with God often feels even more complicated than the internet. And trying to reboot or restart communication with God seems to fail miserably. How did we lose touch in the first place? Is God not listening?

Or has his mobile phone slid down the side of the sofa? He seems to be permanently on silent and we just can’t get through! As Christians, I believe we have a unique religion. In fact, I rarely use the term ‘religion’ to describe my faith, because what we are actually offered by God is a living relationship, and communication with the God who created our world is a very real part of that relationship. That communication can happen in several ways. It can happen through prayer. Prayer involves many things like talking, listening, silence, confessing or saying sorry to God, praising, thanking and requesting things too. Another way of hearing God is by reading the Bible, searching out what he may be saying to us through a story or a parable, a Psalm or a New Testament letter. If we engage with God in the Bible and through prayer, we are able to build that relationship and grow it into a faith filled lifestyle. We begin to understand how God wants to be a real and active part of our lives.

Philippians 4:6-7 says:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

So, whether you are anxious, angry, fearful, content or troubled at this time, may I encourage you to pray. Step out in faith and tell God how you are feeling. And take time to listen too and to learn. I’ll be praying that our lines of communication with God will start buzzing and sparking into life, enabling us to become better communicators of his love to all the people around us!

With every blessing,