Sunday, 16 September 2018

Praying in the Fens August 2017

We had discovered that many of the Scottish soldiers who had survived their imprisonment at Durham Cathedral were taken to East Anglia and used as forced labour, digging ditches. Mid-summer we decided to go and pray at significant places. Also I had the idea that we could throw sunflower seeds into the water as we spoke Gods promise of healing over the area. I had no idea why sunflowers, except they bring a smile to everyone and carry many seeds 

As we read the powerful words in Isaiah 61, a very strong wind came and stirred the water, blowing straight into our faces. It was the wind of the spirit, of that we are sure. Then the seeds were thrown into the water.  As I did this I declared words from Isaiah 61 “freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners”. I can't tell you how I felt at that moment. It was as if God touched my heart with His pain and I broke in tears. It was an awesome moment.

Back in April we shared communion with Rev Sheila Anthony on the bank of the river at Earith.
So, it was fitting that our day finished here as this was one of the main places Scottish Prisoners were billeted in the 17th century. The river is tidal and therefore flows through many of the places the prisoners were forced to work and the seeds would reach places we never could.  

God had two surprises for us when we returned to Earith. A large notice board had been erected since our last visit titled "The hidden story of the fens" ..... This story included Cromwell and the Scottish prisoners. We felt God was showing us that the truth was being exposed, acknowledged and healed. 

Then as we turned Sheila said look over there. We couldn’t believe our eyes one single sunflower. We felt God was confirming that this was His day and we were on track. To God be the glory.


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