Today is Tuesday the 27th of May, in the Sixth Week of Easter

The King’s Singers sing Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis. ‘I have never put my hope in any other but in you’.  As I begin this time of prayer today, can I speak those words to God? Can I place all my hope, all my trust, all my faith in him? 

Today’s reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.

That reading gives us two very powerful images – a prison and an earthquake.  What does the prison stand for?  Loss of freedom, most obviously.  But in my life it may remind me of times when I just wasn’t able to do what I wanted.  Was I locked in by other people’s actions?  Or maybe by my own weakness, timidity, fear?

And what of the earthquake?  What does that stand for?  Maybe there have been times in my life when something threatened the very foundations of my life?  The end of a relationship, a personal disaster, a time when I was betrayed by someone close to me, perhaps.  Can I remember how that felt?

When you listen to the passage a second time listen to the voices: Paul and Silas singing their hymns, the prisoners sitting there listening to Paul and Silas, and perhaps finding some peace and consolation.  Secondly, in the middle of the earthquake, listen to Paul’s voice: ‘We are all here.’  Again a voice of reassurance, the voice of one who knows that nothing can disturb the peace that God grants. 

In your life, who has been that voice of consolation and reassurance to you?  Maybe a friend who has been an immoveable rock when your inner self was disturbed and in turmoil.  As you remember that person, give thanks to God for them.