This time of year can feel hard. With the cold weather and short days, spring feels a long way off. And if you have overspent on Christmas, or set yourself unrealistic new year’s resolutions, then life can feel even harder!
One of the main themes from this edition of the prayer diary is the barriers that disabled people face. Isolation is such a huge issue – particularly at this time of year, when winter weather makes it extra difficult to get out and about in the local community. I’d really encourage you to think about how to support those who find themselves isolated this winter. Maybe you could visit a neighbour or relative who you haven’t seen in a little while. It may seem small, but a friendly phone call, or even sending greeting card can tell someone that they are valued and not forgotten!
Personally, I was encouraged just before Christmas when I was asked to do some training for a group of activists at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Gathered from all over the country, each one was a leader of a local community project – some environmental concerns, others social enterprises. It was so rewarding to spend time with a buzzing group of committed, envisioned activists. I was impressed by both their drive to make an impact, and the creativity they showed in each of their projects. So it was brilliant to be able to share with them some of Livability’s learning about how to build inclusive community, and how to break down barriers so that everyone can play their part.
As you read and pray through this diary, my hope is that you will gain a sense of hope and excitement for all that God is doing and will continue to do, through Livability. We are always so grateful for your prayers and support.
God bless you.
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