‘No Plague Shall Come Nigh Thy Dwelling’
I was traveling to London by train about 2 weeks ago and there were severe delays as someone had jumped in front of a train and been killed. With a journey that normally takes 30 minutes each way taking almost 3 hours each direction, I admit that my reaction was one of real annoyance. The next week I traveled to London again only to discover that my train journey home was delayed by 2 hours as this time 2 people had jumped in front of trains on the line I was traveling.
As I stood in the train carriage packed in like a sardine, unable even to move my arms I could feel myself getting very annoyed when I felt like mentally I had been hit over the head.
Loud and clear was the thought ' last week one person, this week two people, how many more times does this need to happen before you actually start praying about the situation ?'
Right then, I started to affirm what I know is true about man and the belief of mental illness & suicide. Here are some of the ideas I affirmed and prayed with.
Going forward, each time this situation came to thought, I would firmly claim that each person in God's creation is subject only to the ‘divine powers that be’.
Before my next train journey to London, I spent time praying specially along these lines. The journeys there and back were uneventful and have continued to be so. Each time I see a headline about mental health in the news, I view it as a call to prayer- to adamantly claim that there is only one Mind- God, and that He lovingly meets every human need.
I’m very grateful that whatever belief presents itself, wherever we are, we can affirm what is really true.
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