Strength and Inspiration
Jesus never promised his followers an easy life. On the contrary, he warned them to expect trials and temptations and even persecution.
What he did promise was that God would be with them at all times to inspire and strengthen them and that he would reveal himself fully to them when their earthly lives were over.
As a devout Jew, Jesus would have prayed regularly each day and gone to public worship in the synagogue.
He encouraged his disciples to do the same and he also taught them a prayer for daily use which is known today simply as The Lord's Prayer...
"Prayer is like watching for the Kingfisher.
All you can do is Be where he is likely to appear, and Wait.
Often, nothing much happens;
There is space, silence and Expectancy.
No visible sign, only the Knowledge that he's been there And may come again.
Seeing or not seeing cease to matter,
You have been prepared.
But sometimes, when you've almost Stopped expecting it,
A flash of brightness Gives encouragement."
("Disclosure", by Ann Lewin - 20th Century)
The Dean Ceasar's memorial
(Adjacent to the Pulpit)
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive
everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.'
(The Lord's Prayer - a modern translation from St Luke's Gospel)
'The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of everyone.' Ecclesiastes 12:13