Prison Fellowship International

Prison Fellowship International We help restore justice and healing to families and communities in response to crime. Prison Fellowship International is a global association of 120 national affiliates, working with the assistance of over 45,000 volunteers, to promote human dignity and the transformation of prisoners.
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Check out our story today for inspiring stories about some of the lives that have been touched by the hope of Jesus thro...
03/25/2021

Check out our story today for inspiring stories about some of the lives that have been touched by the hope of Jesus through The Prisoner's Journey!

To learn more about how you can help us reach even more prisoners, visit pfi.org/lamplighter

What make The Prisoner's Journey such an effective program? Each week prisoners get to listen to a lesson that includes ...
03/24/2021

What make The Prisoner's Journey such an effective program? Each week prisoners get to listen to a lesson that includes testimonies from current and former prisoners. This program is designed for prisoners and it relates to prisoners. These powerful stories of transformation resonate and inspire change in those who take the course.

Check out our story to find out more about the steps of The Prisoner's Journey!

To learn more about how you can bring the hope of Christ to prisoners around the world, visit pfi.org/lamplighter

03/23/2021

Check out our story today to learn more about where The Prisoner's Journey is being offered. 589 prisons around the world are currently running the course, and we are working to grow it even further!

You can support The Prisoner's Journey today and bring hope to prisoners around the world by becoming a Lamplighter. Learn more at pfi.org/lamplighter

03/22/2021

Millions of prisoners around the world are cut off from society and left alone to cope with their feelings of hopelessness and despair. They are among the least-reached groups in the world. We’ve drawn from our 40 years of working with prisoners around the world to develop The Prisoner’s Journey (TPJ), an eight-week journey through the Gospel of Mark. This program transforms the lives of prisoners by introducing them to a restorative relationship with the person of Jesus.

Check out our story this week to learn more about TPJ!

You can support The Prisoner's Journey and give even more prisoners access to this life-changing program. Visit pfi.org/lamplighter to find out more!

Ever wanted to learn more about The Prisoner's Journey? Next week , our instagram story is going to feature a series tha...
03/20/2021

Ever wanted to learn more about The Prisoner's Journey? Next week , our instagram story is going to feature a series that dives into what it is, who it serves, why it's effective, and how you can become a part of the movement! Be sure to check every day for new content 💛

Visit pfi.org/lamplighter to find out how you can become a part of The Prisoner's Journey

In Chile, ten children of prisoners recently served as victim participants in a Sycamore Tree Project course. The childr...
03/16/2021

In Chile, ten children of prisoners recently served as victim participants in a Sycamore Tree Project course. The children were prepared during family visits prior to the sessions. It was a powerful opportunity for the offenders to ask their own children about reconciliation and forgiveness, as many of them have lost contact as a result of the separation caused by incarceration. The children were also given time to express their experiences, feelings, and concerns related to their parent's incarceration. In addition to the prior preparation of the children, the families received follow-up check-ins from Prison Fellowship volunteers. Since this practice started, more inmates have requested the participation of their children in the STP courses.

The Sycamore Tree Project is a restorative course that seeks to promote healing and understanding between offenders and crime victims. To learn more, visit pfi.org.

*Read Samar's Story Below* “After I entered prison,” Samar’s father remembers, “the economic condition of my family beca...
03/13/2021

*Read Samar's Story Below*

“After I entered prison,” Samar’s father remembers, “the economic condition of my family became worse. My wife decided to move abroad to work, leaving our five-year -old child, Samar, with my parents. That was the hardest situation of my life.”

While things were difficult for Samar and his family, they were not without hope because the entire family knew Christ and regularly attended church. This is why, despite the challenges, Samar’s grandparents turned to God in prayer. “We prayed for Samar’s education,” says Samar’s grandfather, “because we knew that education would help him learn what is right and wrong.”

Samar’s family were finding it very difficult to afford is schooling. But when he was enrolled in the program and given tuition assistance, Samar was able to return to school. Now he is in fourth grade and, despite
pandemic lockdowns and restrictions, is able to
attend school three days a week and do some online classes. He looks forward to when he can go back to school full time.

Samar’s mother is also able to visit for short holidays and he is happy to be with her. His mother said, “I think [the program] is not only support, but it is also fellowship, love, and care from God’s disciples. Prison Fellowship became a spiritual guardian for Samar in his childhood. I felt secure for him, even though I was abroad. I am very thankful.”

Program support has meant significant relief for Samar’s parents and grandparents and has provided spiritual support and fellowship for the whole family.

To find out how you can make the difference in the life of a child like Samar, visit pfi.org!

We have exciting news for those of you who sponsor children in Colombia! The children's Annual Progress Reports are curr...
03/11/2021

We have exciting news for those of you who sponsor children in Colombia! The children's Annual Progress Reports are currently being processed and you should begin to see them in your mailboxes within the next 1-2 weeks. 🇨🇴

To learn more about how our sponsorship program serves the children of prisoners around the world, visit pfi.org!

03/08/2021
A Mother's Story

Today we would like to spotlight a resilient mother in Zambia. We hope you'll take a few moments to watch this powerful video featuring her testimony of going from wondering how she could possibly provide for her family after her husband was given a long prison sentence, to seeing her children receive the support that they desperately needed. Videography by Silent Images http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQj9I87DlTc

Visit pfi.org to learn more about how we help make moments like this possible!

The story of how a mother's life was changed when she heard about Prison Fellowship International's children's program.

03/07/2021

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. - Romans 12:12-13

A beautiful reminder from God's word ❤️

📹: Clips of children receiving services from our children's program. To learn more, visit pfi.org.

For the past month, Prison Fellowship Guatemala has been working to safely train new volunteers to facilitate The Prison...
03/06/2021

For the past month, Prison Fellowship Guatemala has been working to safely train new volunteers to facilitate The Prisoner's Journey (TPJ) courses. TPJ is an eight week in-prison course that introduces prisoners to the life-changing hope of Jesus. To learn more, visit pfi.org!

Prison Fellowship International’s victim-offender reconciliation program, Sycamore Tree Project: Justice and Peace is no...
03/04/2021

Prison Fellowship International’s victim-offender reconciliation program, Sycamore Tree Project: Justice and Peace is now in 78 prisons around the world. Throughout the restorative sessions, victims and offenders are able to create a dialogue that promotes healing and understanding. Prison officials have reported declines in violence and recidivism within prisons that run the program. This is just one of the ways that we are working to change the lives of prisoners from the inside out.

To learn more, visit pfi.org

Do you have a Donor Advised Fund? When you commit to granting half of the money in your DAF by September 30th and start ...
02/27/2021

Do you have a Donor Advised Fund? When you commit to granting half of the money in your DAF by September 30th and start giving all the nonprofits you support become eligible for matching grants and your charitable dollars are supercharged. If you have a heart for transforming and restoring the lives of prisoners, their families, and crime victims around the world, we ask that you would consider making Prison Fellowship International one of the nonprofits that you support.

In 2020, #HalfMyDAF donors gave $8.6 million from DAFs to nonprofits in five short months, helped by $1.4 million in matching funds. This month, they’re going bigger, aiming to award $20 million to nonprofits including $3.1 million in matching funds.

To learn more, visit halfmydaf.com.

The Prisoner’s Journey, is currently being offered in prisons in 39 countries around the world. Through an eight-week st...
02/25/2021

The Prisoner’s Journey, is currently being offered in prisons in 39 countries around the world. Through an eight-week study of the Book of Mark prisoners learn about Jesus the Prisoner and what He means for their lives. As prisoners transform at a heart-level, their chances of thriving outside of prison dramatically increase, impacting the individual, prison culture, and local communities. To find out more, visit pfi.org.

Access to prisons is still limited in many parts of the world due to the pandemic, but this isn't stopping Prison Fellow...
02/23/2021

Access to prisons is still limited in many parts of the world due to the pandemic, but this isn't stopping Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers from doing what they can to help restore the lives of prisoners. Pictured here: Prison Fellowship Colombia volunteers meet outside of the prison gate to pray. 🙏

Pacifique has four children in the children of prisoners program. With her husband in prison, she alone provides for her...
02/22/2021

Pacifique has four children in the children of prisoners program. With her husband in prison, she alone provides for her family. With limited resources, she tried hard to find a safe home as their house was damaged and on the verge of collapse. “We were also living next door to the drug abusers,” she said. “I was always afraid they would harm my children.”

During one visit, program staff noticed these dangers and acted immediately. They provided Pacifique with five months’ rent allowance. This enabled Pacifique to relocate her family. The new house is clean, well maintained, and located in a safer neighborhood. Pacifique continues to find jobs and she works hard to provide for her family. The support from Prison Fellowship Rwanda provided the boost she needed to move forward in confidence.

To find out how you can make a difference in the life of a child of a prisoner, visit pfi.org

Our prayers and support are with all those in #Myanmar, including our staff at Prison Fellowship Myanmar, as they naviga...
02/19/2021

Our prayers and support are with all those in #Myanmar, including our staff at Prison Fellowship Myanmar, as they navigate the current difficulties facing their country.

Prison Fellowship International’s victim-offender reconciliation program, Sycamore Tree Project: Justice and Peace, now ...
02/17/2021

Prison Fellowship International’s victim-offender reconciliation program, Sycamore Tree Project: Justice and Peace, now in 78 prisons around the world, is helping shift prison environments from violence to peace. Throughout the restorative sessions, victims and offenders are able to create a dialogue that promotes healing and understanding. Prison officials have reported declines in violence within prisons that run the program.

To learn more, visit pfi.org

We have seen firsthand the transformative power of the love of Christ in a life. It brings hope, healing, and restoratio...
02/14/2021

We have seen firsthand the transformative power of the love of Christ in a life. It brings hope, healing, and restoration. That is why we are working to share this love with prisoners, crime victims, and families around the world.

Learn more at pfi.org

02/12/2021

Our sponsorship program gives life-saving intervention to thousands of children of prisoners across the world by providing them with nutritious food, educational support, health screenings, spiritual support, and a dedicated caseworker to monitor their safety and wellbeing. Show a child the love of Christ by becoming a sponsor today! Visit pfi.org to learn more ❤️

Britney is an example of what it means to go beyond the finish line. After completing The Prisoner's Journey, she decide...
02/11/2021
Free and Secure - Prison Fellowship International

Britney is an example of what it means to go beyond the finish line. After completing The Prisoner's Journey, she decided to continue to help other inmates: https://pfi.org/global-impact/stories-of-hope/free-and-secure/

Locked away, cut off from society, forgotten, Britney’s day-to-day routine serving a prison sentence was mundane. When there is nothing to look forward to—no visits or calls from family or friends, no celebrations, no special outings—it only increases the feelings of being hopeless and bored. ...

02/10/2021

Why prisoners? It's a question that we get sometimes. Millions of prisoners around the world are cut off from society and left alone to cope with their feelings of hopelessness and despair. They are among the least- reached groups in the world and we are trying to change that. But like any group, prisoners have the potential to accomplish great things.

We’ve drawn from our 40 years of working with prisoners around the world to develop programs such as The Prisoner’s Journey®. This program transforms the lives of prisoners by introducing them to a restorative relationship with the person of Jesus. We have seen incredible changes in the lives of over 350,000 prisoners in 40 countries.

Find out more about how we serve prisoners, crime victims, and their families at pfi.org.

We are so grateful for the amazing work that our staff is doing all over the world. Imagine traveling over bumpy, floode...
02/09/2021

We are so grateful for the amazing work that our staff is doing all over the world. Imagine traveling over bumpy, flooded, and sometimes washed-out roads to reach a remote village, to see a child, a child who knows all too well the deprivation, shame, and stigma associated with being the son or daughter of a prisoner.

For the program staff of our National Ministry partners, this represents a typical day in their lives. And like Nicole (pictured here), Sponsorship Operations Manager for PF Rwanda, they wear many hats and are often called upon to do all sorts of things that are not found in their job descriptions. But they do them willingly because they love the children and are committed. Right now, these caseworkers are working hard to register new children in the program: amid a global pandemic!
Whether it is traveling to another country to train a new staff member, walking a great distance to deliver and install solar panels on a child’s home, or simply providing a listening ear: They are the hands and feet that allow the children to experience hope for a better future.

To learn more about our programs around the world, visit pfi.org!

Sandrine shows us all the face of true hope and strength. Check out her story: https://pfi.org/global-impact/stories-of-...
02/08/2021
Joy and Hope Regained - Prison Fellowship International

Sandrine shows us all the face of true hope and strength. Check out her story: https://pfi.org/global-impact/stories-of-hope/joy-and-hope-regained/

Sandrine’s father passed away and her mother is incarcerated. She is trying to find her way in life but without the support, love, and guidance of her parents. Her future looked hopeless. And with no hope for a future, there seemed little reason to continue school. Three years ago, Sandrine was en...

“I look at my graduation certificate each day. I say I will do everything for the will of God. I am grateful for the ope...
02/07/2021
Free and Secure - Prison Fellowship International

“I look at my graduation certificate each day. I say I will do everything for the will of God. I am grateful for the open door that gave me this start!” Find out more about Britney's journey from prison to purpose: https://pfi.org/global-impact/stories-of-hope/free-and-secure/

Locked away, cut off from society, forgotten, Britney’s day-to-day routine serving a prison sentence was mundane. When there is nothing to look forward to—no visits or calls from family or friends, no celebrations, no special outings—it only increases the feelings of being hopeless and bored. ...

“Knowing someone cares about my life makes my burdens less heavy to carry,” says Sandrine, the child of a prisoner in Rw...
02/05/2021
Joy and Hope Regained - Prison Fellowship International

“Knowing someone cares about my life makes my burdens less heavy to carry,” says Sandrine, the child of a prisoner in Rwanda. Find out more about her story: https://pfi.org/global-impact/stories-of-hope/joy-and-hope-regained/

Sandrine’s father passed away and her mother is incarcerated. She is trying to find her way in life but without the support, love, and guidance of her parents. Her future looked hopeless. And with no hope for a future, there seemed little reason to continue school. Three years ago, Sandrine was en...

Do you have a Donor Advised Fund? When you commit to granting half of the money in your DAF by September 30th and start ...
02/04/2021

Do you have a Donor Advised Fund? When you commit to granting half of the money in your DAF by September 30th and start giving all the nonprofits you support become eligible for matching grants and your charitable dollars are supercharged. If you have a heart for transforming and restoring the lives of prisoners, their families, and crime victims around the world, we ask that you would consider making Prison Fellowship International one of the nonprofits that you support.

In 2020, #HalfMyDAF donors gave $8.6 million from DAFs to nonprofits in five short months, helped by $1.4 million in matching funds. This month, they’re going bigger, aiming to award $20 million to nonprofits including $3.1 million in matching funds.

To learn more about us, visit pfi.org
To find out more about how to give, visit halfmydaf.com

“The Sycamore Tree Project changed my life and spirit!” says Carlos. “This course has helped heal my heart by removing a...
02/02/2021
No Shame for Carlos - Prison Fellowship International

“The Sycamore Tree Project changed my life and spirit!” says Carlos. “This course has helped heal my heart by removing a great weight that I carried inside." Read more about Carlos' transformation: https://pfi.org/global-impact/stories-of-hope/no-shame-for-carlos/

Carlos’s guilt weighed on him. The shame he felt over his crime held him back. In prison, he was invited to participate in Prison Fellowship Chile’s Sycamore Tree Program®, which helps offenders understand the harm caused by crime and pave a way to healing and redemption. But Carlos believed he...

02/01/2021

For over four decades, we have been dedicated to breaking the cycle of crime worldwide through by bringing spiritual renewal to those that are incarcerated. You give us the ability to accelerate a global movement among our more than 100 partner prison ministries around the world, which are fueled by thousands of churches and volunteers.

Find out more at pfi.org

Today we would like to introduce you to someone special. Meet caseworker Clement. Caseworkers represent one of the most ...
01/30/2021
A Caseworker's Story

Today we would like to introduce you to someone special. Meet caseworker Clement.

Caseworkers represent one of the most crucial, life-giving elements of the Children of Prisoners Program. These individuals walk alongside each child and family week by week, providing guidance, friendship, and support. It feels impossible to do justice to the breadth and depth of Clement's and caseworkers’ efforts and dedication in just two minutes, but we hope this short film provides deeper insight into their vital role.

If you are interested in sponsoring the child of a prisoner or learning more about our programs, visit pfi.org.

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The story of Clement, a caseworker in Zambia who works everyday with the children of prisoners.

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See What God Sees And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 Learning to see what God sees is a powerful key in right believing. It involves replacing your wrong beliefs with right beliefs based on God’s Word. When Jesus saw the man with the withered hand, He didn’t just see the withered hand, He saw that there was more than enough grace for that hand to be made completely whole. Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” The man did as told, and his hand was completely restored and made as whole as his other hand (see Mark 3:1–5). Now, you don’t say “stretch out your hand” to someone whose hand is obviously shriveled and disabled unless you see differently. Jesus sees differently from you and me. That’s why we need to go back to God’s Word and learn to see what He sees. When Jesus sees a disease, a lack, or someone trapped in fear, guilt, addiction, and sin, He doesn’t just see the problem. He sees God’s healing, grace, and power superabounding in that area of weakness. You too can change what you believe by seeing beyond what your natural eyes see. Press in to see what God sees. In your very area of lack, struggle, or challenge, see His superabounding grace all around your current situation. Jesus says to you today, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Give all your weaknesses, failings, and mistakes to the Lord Jesus and see Him transform your weaknesses into strengths. What you believe is powerful, so are you going by what you see or what God sees? You may not be able to stop negative thoughts from passing through your mind or unhealthy emotions such as fear gripping your heart, but you can definitely anchor your thoughts and emotions on the unshakable Word of God. You can certainly ensure that you believe right regarding what God says about you in His Word, which contains His precious promises to you. The more you learn and believe right about His love and what His Word says about your situation and your life, the more your thoughts will line up with His thoughts about you. You’ll begin to develop thoughts of peace and not of evil, thoughts of hope and a bright future (see Jer. 29:11). And you’ll be transformed!
Go Deeper – Leave the Shallow End As we move on to I Thessalonians Chapter 4 – Paul is asking and urging or beseeching or pleading – and whenever Paul speaks like this he normally has something significantly important to say. He had taught these believers in Jesus how to walk with God, and how to live for God, in that brief spell he had with those who came to faith in Jesus Christ – and now he is asking them to go further. He wants them to walk with God – to make progress – to have movement forward towards a goal. He had instructed these disciples of Jesus how to live and walk in a way that would please God - now he is encouraging them to go deeper and leave ‘the shallow end’. Our lives should be becoming more and more in tune with the Will of God. It must never be – what I want to do – but what His will for me is. Paul’s feet were firmly planted on spiritual ground. You are doing fine. Now go further – walk and serve with purpose and make your life count for God. Verse 2 – You know what we taught you – you know the instructions or commandments we passed on to you. What he had received from Jesus Christ he passed on and taught and shared. Verse 3 – These spoke of the will of God – and he is returning to this theme of being holy. If a man wants to know something of God’s will, and something more of God’s will, this is how to discover what God’s will is for your life. The commandments will guide you in the Will of God and they will help you to become holy and enable you to become holy. Paul is always looking for growth and development in individuals and in fellowships – and throughout the whole Church of Jesus Christ. Continue to grow. Continue to make steady progress. Walk humbly but confidently, in uncertain times. Our conscience is never enough. We need something more. We need the Word of God. Man has always needed this Word. Jesus made that so clear too. Discipleship and holiness are not optional extras. Paul was never satisfied with converts. He sought to make disciples. He points them to high moral standards and values. His desire is to produce disciples with character. The ambitions and desires of society can colour our thinking and cause us to compromise. We need the Word of God to live straight. The task of the Church of Jesus Christ is to line people up with God’s Word. Avoid – or abstain from – sexual impurity and immorality. The word means - ‘make a clear break’ from that way of living. Paul is teaching us about walking in innocence and purity – this is not thought much of by the world in these current times God is more interested in your character than your career – more interested in your progress than your popularity. “Loving Father – we see in the Scriptures that there is always so much more – show me where You wish me to serve – and how You want me to serve. As I feed upon Your Word day by day – as I read the Bible – speak with me – speak to me – through the sacred page – and open me more and more to the wonders of Your grace and love and blessing – through Jesus. Amen” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings, in Christ Jesus.)
JE SUIS AMBASSADEUR DE Jésus du ministère international de la voie saints des prisons à Dschang. Dieu a mis dans mon coeur la passion des prisonniers et des démunis. Ambassadeur de Jesus
Friends,kindly extend your support by providing us with cash transfer to buy food and medical items for four hundrend prisoners from sierra leone,west afriFriends,kindly extend your support by providing us with cash transfer to buy food and medical items for four hundrend prisoners from sierra leone,west africa.
If anyone feels that they could inspire my little brother that’s in jail, and be a Godly influence to him. He really needs some penpals and could really use some encouragement and Godly correspondence and hope. Let me know and I’ll give you his info if you wanna write him a letter. If God puts on your heart to write him. But above all that, please pray for him. His name is John. I love him and he has a really good heart, we’ve just been through a lot of stuff in our life and he made mistakes. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. Matthew 25:36
“Lead Me throughout This Coming Year” We have been reading the opening words of Psalm 90 – a prayer of Moses, the man of God. Do you wish to be a man of God – a woman of God? What are your hopes and prayers and longings for this New Year? Might that be one of them? I learned recently how ‘God’s man’ and a ‘Man of God’ are not necessarily the same thing. As we come before our Creator God, and our loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, what is uppermost in our hearts and minds? When God created man He made us perfect and placed us in a perfect garden – or parkland. I have put you in there to enjoy it - do not spoil it - do not ruin the world I created. Have you ever seen someone's garden which has been ruined by mindless vandals? That happened to God's perfect garden. There are no secrets hidden from God – all you do - all you say - the way we treat people - all that is seen by God, and known to God. Our sins are seen by God - even when we think HE may not be looking. You can decide you are going to give yourself to seeking wisdom - the Bible will enable you to become wise. Let God’s wisdom consume you – and saturate you – and be bathed in the wisdom of God - and people will be amazed when you are called upon to make some vital decision. Perhaps, when they are in some difficulty they may approach you for help - because they know you to be someone who is wise - and you are wise with the wisdom of God. That does not just appear overnight. We have to work at it - and God does not share His secrets with lazy people. Study the Word of God - and become WISE. That can be one goal for these coming weeks and months. Do make sure you are in the Word of God every day – read part of the Bible every day. I keep hearing of some Christians who do not do this. Remember that old poster – that old ‘Wayside Pulpit - “Seven days without the Word makes one weak”. How do you handle time? Many people find they have problems handling money - but even more people find it hard to handle time. Use your time - do not waste it. Verse 10 – This decision was made following Creation when man had fallen and sinned. This is not an aspect of truth which is readily accepted and acceptable – how strange. Some may be totally unaware of it – and will be, if it is not taught in places of worship. I will give them 70 - or 80 years - if they have the strength? The cause of death is SIN. Moses, the man of God has faced up to that. What would you say would fulfil and satisfy you when you reached the end of your life? A happy and useful life! Moses could have said that – but Moses realised that he could have neither without God. Verse 11 – Moses asks the question. Who considers the anger of God? Moses mentions various vital areas in the opening words of Psalm 90 – do check them out. Verse 12 – Teach us – to value our days – we need wisdom. We need YOU to put us in your school in Your classroom. The final section of the Psalm is how to live a happy and useful life. Man wants to be free to live as he chooses! People think God is going to limit us and restrict us - No. Teach us to number or value our days. We need to be taught that. Moses prays for wisdom from GOD. People are talking about making medical advances - and living longer and longer - as if there was no SIN. God has said – God has spoken – God has set the limits - and these cannot be changed. Moses knew there were pleasures and enjoyments away from God. We so need God - and Moses prays that. Have compassion. Be merciful. In verses 13 to 17 – We read of God’s Mercy – RELENT - come back and show us your mercy – remove from us Your Hand of Judgment. Verse 14 – Satisfy us in the morning - and we can be glad all our days. What an offer - our God can satisfy us as no-one else can. Moses would recall how the manna fell in the morning - and nourished the people during that day. Teach us to number our days. Verse 14 – Moses prays for - satisfaction in God. God, bring a new day – let this chapter in our lives come to an end and start a new fresh chapter! As a people – Help us to sing again. Verse 16 – Work in us O God – let the people experience Your favour and Your mercy and Your grace. Verse 17 – Moses prays for transformation by God – put Your hand upon our hand. The wisdom of God is so different from worldly wisdom, and pleasures and riches. The Psalms are not only rich for meditation - but so relevant for our every day living, as disciples of Jesus. In these closing words there is this sense of usefulness – of lasting usefulness – of leading a positive and practical life. We all want to do something worthwhile. We want to do something that will last. People scratch their name on a tree or a piece of stone somewhere - they want their name to last. Before you can do anything useful - you have to be usable. Grace first - His favour first - then He can make what we do useful and valuable. Moses prays for grace – for the favour of God - and he prays that God would show us what He wants us to do. We do not have all the answers – this is where we need humility. God has so much to give us - and when HE gives, HE is so generous. Jesus comes offering us abundant life - life to the full. The Christian Life is NOT something dull and dreary and restricting and limiting - No, it is the very opposite. Ask Jesus to show you what HE wants you to do - with your life - with your talents and abilities and gifts. Yes - make your life count for God - and remember people are watching how you live - and listening to the things you say. Your testimony can be at stake, when you may not realise it. This Psalm, like life, is solemn and serious - though saturated and laced with encouragement and joy and love, and the grace of Jesus Christ. “Loving gracious heavenly Father – I pray about these days and weeks that lie ahead – as I read Your Holy Word, guide me and lead me – help me to find anew, light and direction and wisdom, as I read the Scriptures – put Your Hand upon mine – put Your hand in mine – and take me onward, step by step – in Jesus name I pray. Amen.” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings for 2020, in Christ Jesus.)