Light a candle of hope.  A national call to prayer.

Do not fear for I am with you. [Isaiah 41:10]

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. [Ps 91:1-2]

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”   [1 Pet 5:7]

The measures to contain the spread of the virus, and most importantly to limit the number of deaths, are ramped up significantly.  Normal routine grinds to a halt as our streets (and supermarket shelves) are emptied.  Sporting activities of all kinds are postponed or cancelled, and now church events and services are falling victim to the need to limit social interaction, even as we approach Easter, probably the most significant celebration in the Christian calendar.

Fear and uncertainty abound, fuelled by rumour and ‘fake news’ and by an enemy who seeks nothing less than the destruction of God’s creation – humanity.  Yet in the midst of it all Almighty God, as He has always been and always will be, is on his throne and in total control of events, of history.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”   [Jn 14:27]

As we play our part by following the guidance, as we demonstrate the love of God in acts of compassion and kindness to our neighbours and community, God reminds us to “….fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”  As we do so, he calls us to pray!

Churches Together in England which comprises the national leaders of the major denominations, has issued a call to all Christians to pray at any time on Sunday 22 March.

For prayer points, click here.