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Monthly Article November 2019

Call Upon Me!!

I’ve just had to buy a new mobile phone. Well, I say it’s a phone because that’s what it was called by the shop, but in all truth it’s a device that allows you to just about do everything in life that you want to- and by the way, it also makes phone calls!! Today’s smartphones seem to do everything other than make me smart- they seem to exaggerate my ineptness at all things technical and draw my attention to the fact that I don’t really seem to know what I’m doing with ‘apps’ and the like. They make me feel remarkably ‘unsmart’!! This morning on breakfast TV Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty were discussing the ‘old fashioned’ phones- the ones that we all used ‘back then’ and that had a dial on the face that seemed to take  ages for the dial to return back to zero before you could dial the next digit. It came from a discussion that the average young person now spends just a few minutes a week on the phone talking, but up to 4 hours a day on their mobile device gaming and ‘doing’ social media and the like.

“It’s good to talk” Bob Hoskins said on the BT advert some two decades ago.

That’s precisely what God says too. In the book of Jeremiah, we read “ ‘Call upon me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know’ says the Lord” (Chapter 33 verse 3). We have a God in heaven who is intimately interested in listening to what we have to say. Whatever we want to say. Sometimes we might want to shout at him, because that’s how we feel. Sometimes we might want to share our inner most fears, or happiness. But whatever it is that we want to talk about, we can be assured that he is willing and keen to hear and  listen.

And the promise that goes with His listening is that He will answer. It might not always be the answer that we want to hear, but He promises that He will answer. He is far more willing to listen to us than we ever are to speak with Him. That’s all that prayer is- talking to God and listening out for His answer.

And so as we approach the darker winter nights and the colder days, remember “It’s good to talk”. You might be surprised by who listens and answers!

Revd David Swannack

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