Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, it is a day when we particularly pray for young people. This is more needed than ever before, as we are faced with the ongoing problem of so many of our young people who have no work, this is not just a British problem and is far worse throughout the whole of Europe. Please God the recent improvement to the economy will continue to grow and new opportunities will be created with fair wages, not only for our young people but for others who have felt the full blast of the recession.
In our world there are many distractions and temptations which many of us “Oldies” did not have to cope with when we were young, although there was peer pressure it was relatively innocent. For today’s young people there has arisen an alcohol and drug culture which is very difficult to escape, and we constantly see reports of the effects with sudden deaths, stabbings, car crashes etc, and the anguish of bereaved parents. The gnawing effects of some websites on the internet, tweeting, and the constant bullying of some, can lead to devastating abuse and even death. There is a sex culture that sees sex as a commodity and morning after pills and easy abortions have become a new form of contraception! While at the same time there is an epidemic of sex related diseases, subsequently in some cases leading to infertility when children are actually wanted. For all these reasons and more there is a need to keep our young people in our prayers, because burning the candle at both ends always ends with burnt fingers! God bless them all: we say well done to those who despite the pressure on them avoid the excess: and remind the others that new starts are not just for the “Oldies” but for them too. We pray for all parents and especially those who are really worried and anxious. We pray that all of us continue to give a good example, never give up on them or each other, and by our lives give glory to Christ our King. God Bless