The credit crunch is really starting to bite. May of us are beginning to find things financially hard at the beginning of this new year. Not only are we thinking about these sorts of issues in the 'Money Matters' evenings over the next 3 Wednesdays, but here on this blog will be a series of reflections for us as we faces recession together...
1. Count Your Blessings
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour
to your life? Matthew 6 v25-27
Throughout our everyday lives we are urged to want more; our society places great store on material possessions. It suggests that the car that we drive, the brands of clothes that we wear, the mobile phone that we use all define us in some way. It is easy to be lulled into believing this, and losing sight of our true value as a unique, loved child of God.
It is easy to focus on what we want, rather than what we have, and to focus
on the material rather than the other ways in which our lives are blessed. However hard life seems, we have things we can be thankful for.
Action: Spend some time writing down some things that you are thankful for. Spend some time giving thanks to God for his blessings to you.
Pause for reflection: As well as being thankful, we need to acknowledge our anxieties. What money worries do you have? Share those with God in prayer.
You may find the following prayer helpful :
Lord God, we live in disturbing days:
across the world, prices rise, debts increase, banks collapse,
jobs are taken away, and fragile security is under threat.
Loving God, meet us in our fear and hear our prayer:
be a tower of strength amidst the shifting sands,
and a light in the darkness;
help us receive your gift of peace,
and fix our hearts where true joys are to be found,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.