Day 76 – Monday 14 September 2020 – Charity Shops

Good morning and welcome to Pray for Ryde.

This is day 76 in our initiative, and our theme is our charity shops.

When lockdown hit, everyone in the retail sector was hit hard, not least the places who rely solely on the kindness and generosity of others in order to do good themselves.

Today I am out travelling around Ryde and the surrounding areas praying, and I can see the additional hardship that covid has caused us this year, and who knows for how long?

I can see shops closed, few people on this early autumn day, and feel the apathy of an unknown future.

One of the most famous verses in the bible is about love, or depending upon which translation you use, charity.  Charity and love are intertwined as fas as St Paul in concerned, and so should they be with us.  Doing good, helping others, loving your neighbour and blessing the stranger as you go.

St Paul in his 1st letter to the Corinthians wrote…

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
and the greatest of these is love.

Let us pray.

God of love, we thank you for the love you have born in us, for the compassion which we feel for one another, friend or stranger.

Bless this day the charity shops in and around Ryde, that they may be a blessing to others.

We pray for those who volunteer and their families.
For the landlords, and ask for clemency where they can on rent to ensure that the shops and charities can continue their amazing work.
We thank you for those who donate, who sort, clean and display other people’s treasures that they may be used for the common good. And we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

Thank you for joining me today, please come along this evening at 7pm on zoom for 15 minutes of continued prayer on today’s theme by following the link at the foot of this video. For now, goodbye.

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