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Elstow Prayer Link

This page is the on-line version of the 'Prayer Link' leaflet that was, until 2009, distributed each month in the three churches of the United Benefice of Elstow Abbey, St. Mary's, Cardington and St. Michael's, Bedford.

The following is an extract from the prayer card that is still available for any who visit Elstow Abbey:

Wherever you are, let the peace surround you as you sit or kneel. Let the hurry and worry of your life fall away from you. You are God’s child. He loves you and cares for you. He is here with you now – and always. Speak to Him slowly and thoughtfully ...

Lord, I thank you … for the opportunity to pray, for the promise of peace, for the beauty of the world, the kindness of people, for all those whom I love and who love me, for your love towards me ... help me to show my gratitude in deeds as well as words.

Lord, I am sorry … for the times when I have been hasty or unkind, when I have thought or acted selfishly, failed to forgive or to ask forgiveness, when I have taken your love for granted. I thank you for your promise to forgive all those who turn back to you in penitence. Help me to trust your love, for you carry our sorrows. Teach me to act and speak in the way that you want. Give me the wisdom to know when not to interfere. Calm my fears, for all things are in your hands.

O heavenly Father, thank you for the blessings you have given me and I ask you for strength to walk in the way where you lead me. Help me to remember the love of Jesus shown on the cross and to accept the new life of love and freedom which He offers to me. Amen.

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