Prayer For a Pandemic


In times like these, it's so easy for us to become overwhelmed and lose perspective. You only need to look at the state of our shopping centres and read the stories of what people are purchasing and hoarding in their homes, to see that this is true!

But when we think about our experience of life in comparison to so many in our nation and all around the world - even in tumultuous and uncertain times such as these - you'd have to acknowledge that we've still got it pretty good. Pretty good indeed.

I came across a poem by Cameron Bellm on Facebook, that reminds us of this truth so well. It's called Prayer For a Pandemic and it goes like this:

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember the most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.

Amen indeed! Let us be people who maintain perspective, choose love and find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.

That could look like sharing your toilet paper supplies with someone else. That could look like offering to pick up some goods for an elderly friend who you know has significant health issues. That could look like sharing the Gospel with someone who is fearful, overwhelmed and is desperately in need of some good news.

Whatever it looks like for you << Test First Name >>, choose to follow Jesus in His way of love in this difficult season!


Ps Joel Hawting

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