Views from the Pews: Time to develop spiritual health

All Saints Church, Market Weighton.

All Saints Church, Market Weighton.

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I wonder whether you made any New Year’s resolutions this year.For me, making resolutions with a whole year in mind doesn’t work.

If I haven’t achieved them by the end of the first month then they tend to be forgotten. It seems to me that most people make resolutions for one of two reasons. Firstly, to do something that will improve their physical health such as losing weight, eating less cake or chocolate, or drinking less or getting more exercise.

I think I am right in saying that Weightwatchers and other similar organisations get far more new members at this time of year than at any other time.

The other reason people make resolutions is to learn a new skill, maybe to play a new instrument or learn a new language.

All of these are good things to do but it can be difficult keeping them up, particularly if we try to do them on our own.

It becomes much easier if we share our resolutions with others who are seeking to do the same. The same is true for us as Christians and those who are seeking to walk that path.

We need things and other people to help us on our way.

There is a Prayer by Saint Richard of Chichester which I think may help. It talks about getting to know Jesus more clearly, loving him more dearly and following him more nearly, day by day.

It points us towards developing our spiritual health and our skills and knowledge just as the earlier resolutions we talked about do.

The full text of the Prayer is: Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,for all the benefits which you have given us,for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.

Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly,day by day.

Amen.

Please do use this prayer if you find it helpful and contact your local church if you want to find others who are seeking to do the same thing.