Seasons of the Soul
As one season is winding down, another season will soon begin. Life is filled with cycles but there is one season that intertwines them all. Prayer is a thread that is always present. Prayer is a priority for a follower of Christ. Prayer is our life breath as we journey through times and seasons. Prayer is reflected in our lives in the Beacon District with an annual focus of prayer that guides our shared ministry.
Through the years we have observed Prayer Tours and Prayer Retreats. Prayer leads the way in our Holy Conferencing and in our worship together. Prayer begins our day with a greetings in the morning and ends our day with knees bent beside the bed in prayer. Prayer blesses our meals and calls us every noon day to a shared pause to pray The Lord’s Prayer together as a people of faith.
Our District Prayer team covers our District with prayer. This team ensures that the priority of prayer is not lost in the many distractions that come into our lives as a District. The Prayer Team each year envisions how prayer can be vibrant in each season of our lives.
This year the prayer team is calling our District Churches to join together in a Prayer Vigil on Friday, September 11, 2020. The call to prayer will remember the year anniversary of Hurricane Dorian and the impact it had upon Ocracoke and our District. The call to prayer will remember those in Windsor who most recently have experienced the devastating effects of a tornado spawned by Hurricane Isaias. The call to prayer will remember the tragic loss of life from the 9/11 attacks upon the World Trade Centers. Our prayer will be a call to us all to placer our hope in our Savior who has come with love to sustain us through all the trials of life to cause us to be a witness of hope and love to a world broken and hurting.
Look for the details of our prayer vigil to be released by the District Prayer Team over the next week. Join us in suturing this season and all seasons in a time of prayer. As I compose these words I am reminded of a childhood hymn sung from the Cokesbury hymnal. The words speak volumes to this call to prayer.
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire
Unuttered or expressed
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast
Prayer is the burden of a sigh
The falling of a tear
The upward glancing of an eye
When none but God is near
Prayer is the simplest form of speech
That infant lips can try
Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high
Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice
Returning from his ways
While angels in their songs rejoice
And cry, “Behold! He prays!”
Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath
The Christian’s native air
His watchword at the gates of death
He enters heav’n with prayer
O thou by whom we come to God
The Life, the Truth, the Way
The path of prayer thyself hast trod
Lord, teach us how to pray
– James Montgomery 1771-1854
There could be no better a time to pray. Charge Conference season has begun as we celebrate the ministry of this past year and look ahead to God’s call upon us in the year ahead. There will be 81 prayer events in our District over the next three months. Each church will gather for a time of Holy Conferencing in this new venue of the internet that has expanded our witness of the Gospel. Watch the Conference website that will post new links and resources to aid in our celebrations and prayers. We are realizing a presence of God that has transcended locations. Our witness is stretching around the world. Join me by engaging this opportunity to reach farther and live into the Gospel witness as we have never done before.
Winning them to Jesus,
Beacon District Superintendent