For I Am Fearless | Jess G

A trail of sins chained to me, 
I search for thee in my call to repent, 
Towards the chapel - my hand the key 
To inner awareness I’ve ascent. 
What lies ahead in the unknown abyss, 
Apprehension drawn from my body as I am blessed, 
I look to you - am I ready for this? 
You urge me to follow and continue the quest 

For father, thou art my saviour, 
Through times of uncertainty, secure as monarch to throne 
And like a soldier decorated in armour, 
You’ll fight for my freedom until your gravestone.  
In your presence I am fearless, 
For I know I may be weak - yet you make me strong 
As even through times of loss or illness, 
You shelter me from the storm and empower me to belong. 
Eternally you are by my side, 
Every hidden sacrifice, 
Through it all you stride bravely and guide 
Me to safer shores that thou deem shall suffice. 
	 'He will never leave you, nor forsake you’ 
As true as deuteronomy speaks 
‘do not be afraid; do not be discouraged’ 
For he shall protect those that seek. 
In your presence I am fearless, 
For through all weathers I have known 
I am not alone in the vast orbiting stillness, 
as thou shall nurture and teach me until I am grown. 
Each year I light a candle to your ascension 
And closely watch the warmth of the flame fill the room, 
Its body’s lively allegro catching attention 
Alike the risen from the tomb. 
After eighteen years I vow to thee, 
From my family one is now parted 
For you loosened the chains guiding me, 
Now I shall disembark courageous and stout-hearted. 
In your presence I am fearless, 
Yet in your absence thou art still with me 
For in every step I see your faithfulness 
And know it is time to be set free.  
In your presence I am fearless, 
For through the years you have taught your vower. 
In your absence I shall be fearless, 
For you have given me a spirit of power. 

Religious Changes | Anonymous

With new beginnings often comes change. Whether the change is good or bad, well, that’s up to you to decide. But in one particular part of society over the last few years change has been inevitable. I’m talking about religion. Christianity, Sikhism, Hinduism, nearly all religions have experienced some sort of change. Not only have individual religions changed, but religion in Britain as a whole has changed. Studies from British Religion In Numbers (a website that keeps tabs on Britain’s religions) found that since 1950 British religions have become more diverse, less formal, fewer attend a place of worship, fewer people are in a marriage and more say they don’t believe in a religion. This is a huge difference from the 18th and 19th centuries, when discrimination against atheists was common.

Christianity in Britain dominated from the Middle Ages and although it is still classed as a Christian country, change in the late 20th and 21st century mean that Britain now has a wonderful variety of all different religions.

A major change in the religious world is how women are viewed. Women used to be under the control of their husband or father because of the rules of society and religion. In the Christian community women are now allowed to have religious roles within the church. The first female priest was ordained in 1994, first consecration of female bishops permitted was in 2014 and the first female bishop in 2015.

In Hinduism, it was traditionally believed by some that women should never be independent. However, Hindu groups such as ISKCON and The Swaminarayan Hindu Mission treat both genders equally in religious and secular life.

In Buddhism, religious leaders made women eligible for admission into the Bhikkhuni Sangha – the Order of Nuns. “This opened new paths of culture, social services and opportunities for public life to women. It led implicitly to the credit of their importance to society, and in doing so enhanced the status of women.” Although not all religions have had major change, change can happen whenever. Hopefully, all religions change to become fairer, safer and happier.

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