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Miracles of Grace, by Archdeacon Robert
There’s a challenge in writing parish magazine articles which have to be prepared a month in advance! What might be happening then? In these strange days it is even harder to know what to write. I don’t think any of us believed we would see warfare in Europe. So much has changed, not least our own sense of security or threat.
So perhaps in such changing and challenging times, it is worthwhile asking the question; what hasn’t changed and what remains constant? There’s clearly a Christian dimension to this: we believe that God is God, as it says in the Bible “the same yesterday, today and for ever”. God is constant.
We also believe that Christ entered into the whole human experience, including our suffering, and walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death. Christ is present. To quote a prayer of Pope Francis, using the Jesus Prayer of the Orthodox Church:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners.
Lord Jesus, born in the shadows of the bombs falling on Kyiv, have mercy on us.
Lord Jesus, a twenty-year old sent to the frontlines, have mercy on us.