Sunday, 18 October 2015

#MicroblogMondays: Last Wednesday

Last Wednesday Tony and I took coffee, sausage rolls, pot noodles, and a little fruit, to a housing complex for recovering addicts in the city. We listen, a lot, and hug and weep as we hear devastating stories of bad lives made worse through drugs and alcohol . What we DON'T do, is judge.

Tony and I are City Missioners. We are responding to the gospel imperative to feed the hungry and bring comfort to those who are suffering. We don't preach. We, as I say, listen.

Nick, Andrew and Sean who sat round the table with us asked what brought us to them. "We're broken too." Tony spoke for both of us. Yup. But mending.

The guys are all believers, and wanted to pray with us before we left. " You do it!" I said, Sean, embarrassed, said,"We don't know how!" This was what I prayed:


"The disciples came to him and said, "Lord, teach us how to pray ..." And he replied:


Creator, You

Who fill the Cosmos

We name you, 'Holy One'

May we be as you are, wherever you are

May we do as you do, here, in this place

Give us today, the means to keep body and soul together

Stand by us when we screw up

So that we, being freed, might free others too

For Yours is our Homeland, our Place of Safety and Our Goal

From now into eternity

Amen. "





  1. I love that -- listeners instead of preachers. The world needs more of that.

  2. Agree with Mel. We need more listeners. What a sweet and loving thing you did. Well done.

    Dropping by from the MicroblogMonday linkup

  3. Thank you both! I am called 'left-wing' but I am not. I am a woman with a conscience, and I am learning to put my politics where my heart is. Too much anger, judgement, vitriol, in our public life, not enough compassion. The question I shall ask at the next election in 2020 is, "Which party aligns to my values of peace, mercy, and justice for the poor?'. That's where my cross will go!

  4. I completely agree. The world needs more listening. Kudos to you and your husband.