I am a big fan of old films. As a younger child Becky’s first question when we sat down to watch a family film together was, ‘Is it in colour?’ If I said yes, her second question would be, ‘Are we watching Zulu again?’ But my work as a father is done. She loves that film now. Most of my favourite old films are war movies but I do like lots of other types of film. There was something magical about films where the focus was on the on-screen chemistry rather than the special effects that dominate films now. One of the great movie couples, both on and off screen, was Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Their first film together, ‘To have and have not’ was probably Bacall’s greatest role. In the film’s most iconic scene her character, Marie ‘Slim’ Browning tells Bogart that if he wants to see her, all he has to do is ‘whistle. You know how to whistle Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.’ Whistling is easy, anyone, well almost anyone, can do it. As Bacall said, all you have to do is put your lips together and blow. Most people find praying much harder. ‘How do I pray?’ Is one of the questions that priests get asked regularly. Jesus was asked the same thing and he told his followers a prayer that we still use today; the Lord’s Prayer. It is pretty good, worth saying each day, or even more often. But at its simplest, praying is just talking to God. Some of us may struggle to whistle, but we can all talk. Children are great at praying, they just go for it; adults sometimes complicate things, trying to find the right words. When we pray there are no right or wrong words. God knows each of us completely. We don’t need to hide anything or put on a show. He knows everything about us, and he still loves us. The best way to pray is to do it. Don’t worry about what you say, just pour out your thoughts to God. Do it today, and do it every day. People all over the world will be taking part in a global initiative
called “Thy Kingdom Come’ from 31st May to 9 June. If you would like to take part there is a very helpful booklet that you can pick up from church (it’s free!) Or call me (266932) and I’ll drop one off for you. If the idea of praying each day for a week seems daunting, then start off with just the once. On Saturday 8th June between 4.30pm and 5.30pm people from all over Kent will be praying in churches, the Cathedral, their homes, in the park, everywhere. So why not join them. Imagine how you will feel knowing that, as you pray, countless others will be doing the same thing. It might just change your life. Remember all you have to do is talk. God will do the rest.