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Revd Sara's Reflections - w/c 8th January 2023

Psalm 18:1-3 I love you, Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

We can learn so much from observing the natural instinctive reactions of young children. If I meet a parent and child, perhaps for the first time, I would tend to speak both to the parent and then to the child, wanting to ensure I include and value the child as well. Some children lean closer into their parent, hiding themselves and shying away from this person they don’t know and don’t yet trust. They lean into the person they know they can run to when they feel scared, the person that will protect them and keep them safe. This sadly isn’t the case with every family. But how much more so, can we run to our Heavenly Father. He is the one who we can always run to! When we are physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, he is our strength! When the situation we’re in scares us, he is our fortress! When we feel attacked and need protected, we need not fear, we can run to Lord, our shield! He is completely trustworthy and he is the one who hides us in the shadow of his wings (Psalm 57:1). Loving Father, we thank you that you are utterly dependable, that you are the same yesterday, today and forever and that we can run to you and take shelter in you. Help us to remember these truths when we need them most. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Go gently into 2023, start your day with pauses for prayer .. and for moments of thankfulness..

love and prayers Revd Sara

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