Advent Reflections 2021: Day 17

Help from heaven


C.S. Lewis once said: ‘The moment you wake up each morning, all your worries, wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.’

Matt Redman’s hymn Help from heaven encourages us to do just that – to surrender our plans and problems to God, to hear that other voice say: ‘These tears have not been wasted, there is a future for all these broken pieces. Take heart and hold on, hope is closer than you know.’

It also reminds us that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength. Do you find it difficult to ask for help? You’re not alone! It’s usually our fear that gets in the way. Fear of appearing too needy. Fear of imposing. Fear of opening up to others and revealing our struggles. But when we don’t ask for help when we need it, we deprive God and the people around us of the opportunity to show how much they care about us.

‘There is a moment every heart needs a rescue. Help from heaven… we all need, help from heaven’ and God often sends help from heaven by sending people, people like us, to share their time, talent, insights, experience, skills, resources and hospitality with those in need.

Krystyna Kwarciak


Lord, we attach so much beauty to the idea of holding on tightly,

we take pride in our independence.

Teach us that asking for help is not the weaker option,

that letting go is not the same as giving up.

Help us to let go and let you take over. Amen