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Wednesday, 25 November 2020 07:00

The Power of God in Prayer

 2020.52.The Power of God.main blog image

Regular readers of our blog would know that my main ministry is as a chaplain in Youth Justice. In these Covid-19 times, one of the processes in place there to prevent the spread has been that young people are in isolation for two weeks when they first enter. Two weeks of isolation means they are in their room for most of the day, only able to come out for short spaces of time. They do not have contact with other young people – and staff present with them wear full PPE.

Another consequence of this is that as a chaplain, I am not able to have face-to-face contact with them when they first enter as I have had in the past. Early on, when this became the case, I wanted to find a way to connect with these young people even though I could not see them. So, each time when I arrive, I look at the list so that I can see who has entered since I was last there. I then write them a personal letter ensuring them of my prayers, and enclose a rosary and a copy of God’s Love Letter. A number of young people, as they have moved out of isolation to regular units, have commented on receiving these packages with much gratitude.

Recently, I prepared once such package for a young man names Jeremy*. Jeremy was well-known to me. Later in the day that I dropped off his package, I was walking past his unit and he began to call out to me. I was then able to have a conversation with him through the window. He told me that he had been praying, and had said to God, ‘God, if you are really there, then give me a sign’. He told me that not long after this, staff gave him eth package I had left. This opened the door (figuratively speaking) to a conversation about the gift of prayer and the way that God can respond to and answer us. That day was also encouraging to me as I witnessed the power of God working in Jeremy’s life.

* Not his real name

Mel Edwards