I MARRIED a young lady who grew up in Nailsworth and she brought me back down here for a year.
That was in 1975 and we're still here.
As a result I have now spent most of my life here and have seen so much, even in a quiet rural area.
Recently, it was not so quiet.
I was in Stroud when some shouting broke out between two people.
Bad language was flying about and it looked like the fists were about to do the same.
I wanted to stop it but I didn't have what it took, either the brain or the muscles, to break it up so I turned elsewhere for help.
It wasn't the person net to me who was looking for a free ringside seat.
Fat lot of help they were.
I tried praying instead.
Prayer isn't soft.
It is more powerful than the atom.
My simple prayer was that God would separate them.
In less than a minute, one protagonist had walked away and someone more able than me ha walked walked he other person away in a different direction.
I think it was one of the fastest answers to prayer I have experienced.
Conversely, another prayer I saw answered that month occurred almost forty years after I began praying.
I could so easily have given up but it's not about how long, how much or how cleverly I pray.
It's about the one I'm talking to.
He stopped the fight within seconds.
He changed a situation I couldn't, even if it took forty years.
have you got an unanswered prayer?
Don't give up.
I recently came across a good word.
Actually it can be turned into a sentence as well.
Pray Until Something Happens.