I will lift up my eyes to the hills — from whence comes my help? (Psalm 121:1)
Jesus, you are my help and my strength.
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)
Jesus, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit day by day to guide and help me.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:3)
I am in your care and love 24/7; thank you Jesus.
Behold, he who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:4)
Father, we look to you to hold us up and sustain us.
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. (Psalm 121:5)
Father, I find shelter in your arms — thank you.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. (Psalm 121:6)
Father, you have protected me and carried me all these years. Thank you.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; he shall preserve your soul. (Psalm 121:7)
Holy Spirit, guide my steps so that I do not wander off that straight and narrow path Jesus has set for me.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121:8 )
LORD, our times are in your hands (Psalm 31:15) and we are in your care. LORD, preserve this diocese and its leaders and people from all harm. Thank you.
Jan. 9: 121, 122, 123 * 131, 132; Isa. 63:1-5; Rev. 2:18-29; John 5:1-15
Jan. 10: 138, 139:1-17(18-23) * 147; Isa. 65:1-9; Rev. 3:1-6; John 6:1-14
Notes from the Front Line
***** Diocesan Update Urgent Prayers – Northern Ireland
January 8, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you may be aware, in recent days tragedy and violence has once again broken out in Northern Ireland, especially in and around East Belfast. A decision by the Belfast City Council to limit the flying of the Union Flag on the Belfast City Hall to certain days has triggered protests and acts of violence, bringing back the memories and wounds of the past.
Please join with me in holding up in prayer +Bishop Harold Miller, all our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Down and Dromore, and all the people of Northern Ireland (especially East Belfast) during this very difficult and dangerous time.
Dear Heavenly Father, please send your holy angels to watch over and protect Bishop Harold, his family, all the people of the Diocese of Down and Dromore, and the people of Northern Ireland, especially in and around East Belfast. We ask Lord Jesus that You would speak to and through Bishop Harold and all those who are working to bring peace and order into the current chaos. Guide and lead them in the power of the Holy Spirit, empowering them to be a channel of Your love and mercy and healing grace. We ask Lord that You would bring healing to the wounds of the past and present. May Your perfect will be done. In Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.
The following is an overview of the current situation and prayer request from +Bishop Miller.
Your Brother in Christ, +Bill
Request for Prayer for East Belfast in the light of recent violence. From The Rt Revd Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Dromore
The last days have been tragic and difficult ones in Northern Ireland, and especially in East Belfast which is in the Diocese of Down and Dromore. Protests have taken place about a decision of Belfast City Council to fly the Union Flag only on designated days on Belfast City Hall, rather than 365 days a year, and many of these protests have led to scenes of violence and mayhem, which have become a regular occurrence, and which have been broadcast throughout the world.
Lying behind all of this is the sense in parts of the loyalist community that they have lost a great deal over the past years, especially in terms of identity, and that has led to a fear of the future being uncertain. These protests have given a platform to a new generation of younger ‘loyalists’ who have never been through the suffering of the earlier ‘troubles’ but who have imbibed the sectarianism of the past. It is also happening alongside the dangerous re-grouping of dissident republicans which has been the concern of the police for some time.
Those who have experienced the divisions and violence of the past in Northern Ireland are deeply concerned about the potential trajectory which is in place at the moment. The adrenalin flowing, the sense of purpose and significance provided by violence, and the urban myths spread all too easily by social media – often believed and passed on without being checked out – are a dangerous and heady mix.
I have personally observed at first hand some of the violence, the throwing of petrol bombs and bricks at the police, the threatening atmosphere of gathered crowds in the semi-darkness, the burning of cars, and the fear in old people and families living nearby as their neighbourhoods are rubbished. I have asked how the Gospel of the Prince of Peace can be proclaimed and lived out in this context, and I have been brought back again and again to the vulnerability of the Christ-child, born in a world of dangerous political intrigue and power-broking.
I am asking all of our Christian brothers and sisters wherever they are, to pray for us: for wisdom for the churches in what they say and live, for the grace of God to extend even to those intent on destruction, and for the Spirit of Love and Peace to be poured out again, so that we may learn to live together in harmony and to love one another with the costly love of forgiveness and reconciliation across all divides.
Pray the ‘Peace Prayer’ on http://vimeo.com/13346533
+Harold Down and Dromore