Good day Church, here are a few suggestions to help us all through these unusual times. In addition to doing all that we have been told by the government, we can:
Accept that ‘uncertainty’ is as anxiety-provoking as the disease itself. Try to stop yourself catastrophising the future and try to stay present in the moment. Remembers Jesus invitation to attend to today but leave tomorrow alone (Matthew 6:34).
Do only the things that you have been instructed to do. As tempting as it may be to dig yourself a nuclear fallout bunker in the back garden, don’t! Decide to follow the guidance but not to go further. If you do, you might find your anxiety becomes a bigger health problem than getting the virus.
Give yourself a break from the media.
You may need to physically isolate but you don’t need to become isolated. Chat to friends and family as much as you can through phones and apps but don’t spend all of your time talking about the illness. You may choose to use a capsule technique and decide that you aren’t going to talk about Covid-19 for more than 30 minutes a day. Press into God in prayer. God is with you and he has promised never to leave you. Try to make every consideration about this illness a prompt to speak to your heavenly father. Ultimately, your life is hidden in his. Whatever happens, your life is secure in him. Read the amazing promises of Psalm 91 if you want a good place to begin your prayer time.
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Here is a prayer from Bp Efraim Tendero, Secretary-General of the World Evangelical Alliance
Our Almighty Father God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, as Your children living in every corner of the world we come before You today to intercede for our nations, almost all of which are currently affected or under threat of the COVID-19. We praise You that You neither slumber nor sleep and You are watching over our lands and our peoples, especially in perilous times such as these.
Our help comes from You. We cry out for Your mercy and protection against this virus. We declare that You alone are our refuge—our place of safety. We pray that You protect our peoples from this deadly disease and rescue our lands from this dangerous trap.
Grant our governments and the various national and local leaders wisdom and understanding as they establish and implement guidelines, measures, and strategies in fighting against COVID-19.
Enable our health officials and medical personnel with Your strength and power as they attend to the sick and vulnerable, and allow this pandemic to pass quickly. Lead the medical scientists around the world who are working double-time to find the antidote to COVID-19.
In these dangerous times, grant us Your grace and peace to stay calm and to overcome fear, because the spirit of fear does not come from You. Instead, You have given us faith, hope, and love. You have given us power and a sound mind. Your Word says that You will keep in perfect peace those whose eyes are fixed on You.
Help us to reflect the image of Jesus Christ in caring for the less affluent who could hardly afford to buy for their daily need and are left vulnerable as more affluent people buy stores empty. Move us to selflessly extend comfort and help to the isolated and lonely, just as we receive comfort from You in times of difficulty.
Finally, we pray that in the midst of this pandemic, You would unite us in love, bind our nations in peace, and bring hope and healing to our lands with Your grace and Your power. In the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we pray, AMEN.
If any of you have specific concerns I am happy to talk on the phone or email. My contact details are in the church directory.
Helen Vaughan RN