16th February 2019

Bridge Over Troubled Water

“Sweet friendships [or counsel] refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy, for good friends are like the anointing oil that yields the fragrant incense of God’s presence.”
Proverbs 27:9 (The Passion Translation)

A week in Politics is a long time according to former Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. A few recent highlights: Government shutdown in America; Meaningful vote in the UK; Scotland’s First Minister refers herself to an independent ministerial ethics body; Unrest in Zimbabwe. The list could go on.

Politics is all around us wielding great influence and power, filling the news and impacting our everyday life. We can become bored, disinterested or passionate about the issues our politicians continue to debate. Yet, we all seem to desire good news, stability and certainty with an end to the rhetoric, confusion, anger and division.

In these momentous and uncertain times we need good friends. Our political leaders also need trusted friends. Walter Wright in his book Relational Leadership states that “Friendships should be a priority” because they help us to enjoy life, learn new things, mature and grow (page 197). Our world and leadership can be very lonely places without friends especially in our times of need.

Jesus wants us to enjoy our relationships and have cheerful hearts. As Simon and Garfunkel sang, our friends are a ‘bridge over troubled water’ and can help to comfort and “ease your mind…[because] your time has come to shine.”*

So, in what will be another long political week, be a good friend and bring good news to those around you even if the future is not yet 100% clear and we may hold different opinions. As scripture reminds us, pray for our leaders that they will have friends both home and abroad who will help them do the right thing and shine as they serve the people.

Prayer
Lord in heaven, help us this day to be a good friend, be friendly and receive friendship. Bless us so that your Spirit will flow through our relationships. In the name of our friend, Jesus, we pray.
Amen

Study by David Gibbs

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* https://www.paulsimon.com/track/bridge-over-troubled-wate

About the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and Pastoral Worker for Grace Communion International in Central England and South Wales.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: david.gibbs@gracecom.church

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