Welcome again to Pray For Ryde. Today is the 40th day of the initiative where for 3 months we will be concentrating our thoughts and prayers for Ryde and the surrounding area.
My name is Reverend David Plumb minister of 5 Methodist Churches – Ryde, Binstead, Wootton, East Cowes and Cowes.
The theme today Sunday 9th August is that of The Women’s Refuge
There are many charities that are committed to the work of the Women’s Refuge. One such charity wrote …. ‘We are committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety.’
Three things which comes out of the statement are;
Commitment to the work of the refuge
That domestic violence is not to be tolerated
Women and children can and should be able to live in safety.
Thankfully for many people Domestic Violence is something that they may never experience but for too many people it is happening behind closed doors and out of sight of the general public. Domestic violence can take many forms including physical and mental abuse. Some make the decision to reach out for help but within every town and village there will be those who are suffering in silence.
Today as we pray for the Women’s Refuge let us give thanks that there are places where victims can take shelter and refuge. A place where professional help can be found. A place where the abuse can stop. We also need to consider the children caught up in abuse. What they have experienced, what they have observed and what will live with them for the rest of their lives. It is often the early years of life which shape the rest of our lives.
If they are fortunate to get a place in a refuge it is often many miles from their friends, family and schools. Many move to the Refuge with just the clothes they are wearing and nothing else.
It is so easy to think it only happens to other families. It can happen in any family.
Reading….. Psalm 10v17
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
Lord, today we bring to you the work of the Women’s Refuge and those who take shelter there. We pray for each individual who is taking refuge but continue to pray for those who are now living back in a different community rebuilding their lives. We pray for the staff and professionals who are there to help. We pray that the funds will be there not only to maintain the service but for many more Refuges to be available,
Finally we pray for the children and the lasting effects it can have on them.
Let us just pause for a moment and Be Still
Lord accept our prayers in Jesus name.
If you are living with domestic Violence and Abuse and you would like help and advice. Victim Support is available 24 hours a day by phoning free on 08081689111.
May I encourage you to join the Zoom prayer meeting at 7pm tonight and to follow the link on the website.
Please join us this evening at 7pm for our daily Zoom prayer meeting: