Clergy Blogs

Periodic contributions from Revd. Giles King-Smith, Vicar of the three coastal parishes. We also continue to show contributions from the late Associate Minister Revd. Linda Walters

Giving Thanks

What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?

I got those words on a card from a friend yesterday and they reminded me of part of the verses I am praying through this year.

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

It has certainly challenged me about my own prayer life and my attitude to God in different ways. It is easy to give thanks when things are going well, but it gets harder when they get more difficult.

Life isn’t just about the good times the reality is we go through a series of valleys and mountaintops. The good times give us the strength to cope with the hard times, well that is the theory but for me not always the reality. I try but being oh so human I often fail, sometimes quite dramatically.

Recently I have been challenged by the blog of close friends who are going through those difficult times. Diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma in October, no cure just palliative care. Then just after Christmas their eldest son collapsed and is in ICU in an induced comma with still no real diagnosis except his brain is swollen but with no real causes evident, it’s something of a mystery to the doctors. They have said some sort of brain disease not sure if it is treatable. As I have read the blog I have been inspired in my own life by the faith they have shown. Follow the link below I am sure you will find it a blessing and a challenge.



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New Year


I don’t make resolutions at the start of a New Year any more as like so many of us I know that they probably won’t last and I am only making them because it’s “what people do”. This year I have decided to take some verses of scripture and pray them each day. I have used them a number of times at PCC meetings and feel it’s time for me personally to pray them each day and see the result.

The verses are from Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I’ll let you know periodically how it’s going – and I share some of the things that happen.

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