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Do not be afraid

Often people when talking about the things we do in the Chaplaincy make the comment that they would love to be a chaplain or street angel but they are afraid of . . . . . then come the excuses?

Or else I hear “it’s alright for you . . . it’s what you do”.

There are hundreds of reasons not to do something but the greatest excuse I hear from people is I’m scared or afraid, I might not know what to say or do. It’s amazing how we let something like fear stop us doing what God may be calling us to. We are all called to share the person of Jesus with others, and we need to find out how and where God wants us to be involved in that sharing.

A recent quote I was reading says the following:

“do not be afraid” is written in the Bible 365 times. That’s a daily reminder from God to live everyday being fearless.

So go take a step of faith, ask God to remove your fear and step out in faith to do whatever it is He has been asking you that you know fear has stopped you doing.

"If you want to be involved in the chaplaincy there are plenty of opportunies either as a chaplain. Street Angel or prayer partner. Come and get involved and live everyday fearless before and with the Lord our God"

Ephesians 6:19

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,

Blessings

Richard

A story from the Waterways

Chris has recently joined the Waterways team and with permission of the man he met, he shares this story.

I met a man called Jim who was cycling along the towpath.  He shared some of his life history with me, which ranged from very unhappy to very joyful.  I asked him if, during all his experiences, he had ever encountered Jesus.  He told me the following story:  One night, he was driving his (very large) truck along a very dark road.  Out of nowhere he heard a voice saying "Pull off the road." He was very startled and looked round to see if he had a stowaway but, finding there was no-one, carried on driving.  A little further on he heard the voice again, this time a little more insistently, saying, "Pull off the road!" He was very perplexed because the voice was totally audible, not just in his head, but still he did nothing.  Then the voice came a third time, "Pull off the road!" this time with such urgency that Jim felt he had to pull his truck over the cycle track and hard standing so that he was off the road.  At that moment a car came careering round the bend from the other direction.  It was on the wrong side of the road and it crashed along side Jim's truck, buckling the bumper and damaging the side if the truck. The car and its driver, who was later found to be drunk, came to a stop in an adjacent hedge, with the driver not seriously injured.  The police attended and Jim told his story, including the part about the voice telling him to pull off the road.  One of the police offices said he totally believed what Jim was saying, and that he believed that Jim had been watched over and protected by his Guardian Angel.  Jim also believed that this was what had happened.  I told Jim that I also believed in angels and that they were God's messengers.  I started to explain the biblical context of angels in relation to God and Jesus.