So the update this week is that there is no update. We are still sat in limbo, waiting for the Secretary of State for transport (Chris Grayling) to make his decision about the route for phase 2 of HS2. The word on the street is that this will be announced on the 22nd November, but who knows!! At least the last few weeks our group of campaigners have been able to get out and spread the word in the local community by flyering and doorknocking - it feels good to be doing something practical and helps me to avoid thinking about it all too much (plus have had some great times with my neighbours and friends out doing it!). There are plans to organise a peaceful protest march through Mexborough where I live, so I am sure I will tell you all about that soon.
This week I was particularly reminded of the following verse:
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8
Sometimes our thinking can spiral into downward negative thoughts, especially when we are surrounded by others going through the same awful time as ourselves. But Paul reminds us in his letter to the Philippians that our thoughts should be on higher things - than we shouldn't allow ourselves to wallow in pity and gossip and moaning, but that we should be praising and speaking truth and filling our minds with pure things instead. How great is that!!
I know it is hard (believe me I have bad days when all I want to do is cry, moan and gossip all day long), but it really can change your whole perspective on things. So this week I have been trying to think positively about the whole thing and praise God for the opportunities it has brought.
I have also been reminded yet again to fight in the right way - yes campaigning is great and we all have our own ideas of what will get results (petitions, protests, letter writing etc), but unless I start with prayer then it is pointless. So this week I have made a point of praying for Chris Grayling - that God will give him wisdom in reviewing all the options for this route. I have been praying for Ed Miliband our MP, that he will have the strength and information needed to fight for his constituents in front of Chris Grayling. I have been praying for all the staff at HS2 who have to face the pressure of dealing with grieving and upset residents from along the route every single day - they are still people who have to go home to their families and I pray that as they try to pay the bills they wouldn't be persecuted. Would you join me in praying?
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