18th September 2018

His Name Is Tony…

“Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.”
1 Peter 5:7 (TLB)

As Christians we believe and know God’s promises. In the UK most of us can live reasonably comfortable lives. We have a roof over our head, clothes to wear, food to eat and for many of us, a car to get around in. But what happens when you meet someone who has none of those things and goes to bed hungry some nights, without even a cup of tea because they can’t afford a pint of milk? Not in the third world but here in the UK.

Tony is in just such a situation. A few short years ago he had a good, well paid job, lived in a large house, had a company car, could afford holidays once or sometimes twice a year. Tony is a very genuine, honest and decent man who would willingly help anybody if he could. Then Tony’s much loved wife died of a brain tumour at 48 years old, after just over 25 years of a happy marriage, leaving him with two teenage sons. In the eight years since her death his world has crumbled. He sold their house and put the equity into a small business to give him more time for his sons. The business failed and he lost everything. He now lives in a small flat on employment support benefit of £140 a fortnight. His rent is £400 per month of which he receives £275 in housing benefit, leaving him to find nearly £30 a week in rent. That leaves him just £40 to pay his council tax, gas & electricity bills, his food bill and travel to any job interview he gets.

Tony has lost his confidence and will do any job he can get, but at 58 years old that is not easy. He has thought of suicide in his lowest moments. Tony used to work with me, so I know him well. A friend has recently being trying to help and encourage him, putting him in touch with CAP (Christians Against Poverty). The friend has encouraged him to pray about his situation and suggested he goes to church for some support. But Tony, while not hostile to God, has not paid Him any attention. He is in debt, discouraged and depressed.

What scripture would you suggest to encourage and lift him? Perhaps verse 6 of 1 Peter 5, “If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in his good time he will lift you up.” Will you join me in praying for him because, sometimes, you don’t know what else to do, and as the header scripture says—God is always watching over everything that concerns you?

Loving, Gracious Father, there are many Tonys in this world who need help, encouragement and support. As we find them, lead us to help them in the most effective way possible. In Jesus name we pray.

Study by Keith Hartrick

About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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