C of E concocts a ‘prayer for the redundant’
THE Church of England has published a new prayer for the growing ranks of the unemployed to help them through troubled times.
The prayer has been written to offer comfort to those who have been sacked as the economy heads into recession, by recognising their fears and suggesting that belief in God can help them cope, according to today’s Telegraph.
The Church has written a second prayer from the viewpoint of someone who has kept their job while others in the same office or factory have lost theirs, describing their feelings of sadness, guilt and worries about the future.
The two prayers have been published on the Church of England’s website and are also being printed in a leaflet to be handed out in churches.
The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt Rev John Packer, above, said the prayers show that the Church is there for people in times of crisis.
Here’s the prayer in full:
Redundant’ – the word says it all –
surplus to requirements.’
Thank you, Heavenly Father, that in the middle of
I can talk to you.
Hear me as I cry out in confusion,
help me to think clearly,
and calm my soul.
As life carries on,
may I know your presence with me
each and every day.
And as I look to the future,
help me to look for fresh opportunities, for new directions.
Guide me by your Spirit,
and show me your path,
through Jesus, the way, the truth and the life. Amen.