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St. Bartholomew’s Kirby Muxloe
Every contact leaves a trace” – it’s an evocative phrase. It comes from a man known as the "Sherlock Holmes of France", Dr. Edmond Locard (1877–1966) who was a pioneer in forensic science. He was thinking about the trace of a crime, but the Archbishop found himself reflecting on the trace of God present on us when we have spent time drawing close to Him. Much of our praying is focussed on our needs – on our present experiences and what we would like God to do for us. That’s good, in itself, because we know God is concerned with our wellbeing. In 1 Peter Chapter 5 verse7 we read, ‘Cast all your cares on Him, for he cares for you’. However, this needs to be balanced, and even superceded by us drawing near to God as distinct from asking God to draw near to us. When we spend time in God’s presence, mindful of His call for us to follow Him, listening for His word into our lives and circumstances and reading God’s words in the Bible, then, as Justin Welby says, we are changed – and the world is changed around us. Thank you for all your support! Tom
Dear Everyone, Have you ever thought about praying with the Archbishop of Canterbury? Well this month you have the opportunity! The Most Revd. Justin Welby is visiting Leicester for three days between November 14th and 16th. As part of his visit he is calling on all Christians from in and around Leicester to come to pray together. The following evening you can join the Archbishop ‘in conversation’ with Julie Etchingham of ITV (and formerly, Kirby Muxloe) at Loughborough university by similarly booking at archbishopinconversation.eventbrite.co.uk, although at time of writing only about 50 seats remain. Preparing for his visit, Archbishop Justin was asked about the priority of prayer. He replied, ‘If we don’t pray – things don’t change. We don’t change and the world doesn’t change. “Because when we pray, we are changed – and the world is changed around us. He went on: “I was reminded recently of a principle the police have. They say that “every contact leaves a trace”. And every contact with God leaves a trace on us - and prayer is that contact – along with reading the bible – those two go together.”