A Prayer for Containment

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well and that Your families are thriving. As We approach the end of January how is the new year going for You?

I am always amused by those who dismiss the power of prayer. The usual insult involves some comment about a “fairy god in the sky”. Christians and those other religions that rely upon prayer and worship have always been made jokes of and persecuted. My reply to these people comes in the form of a question…

You are a passenger stuck in an aeroplane and its engines are on fire as it plummets to the ground. Apart from brace, what are You going to do?

At time of writing the coronavirus has killed at least 56 people and infected almost 2,000 since its discovery in the city of Wuhan. There is no specific cure or vaccine. One quarter of infected cases are “severe”, and the dead are mostly – though not exclusively – older people, some of whom have pre-existing conditions. So, as the virus spreads across borders what are We supposed to do?

Prepare best we can and pray.

Let’s hope the virus is contained but hope is hard to sustain without prayer. In this instance We should be praying regularly. If the virus does its worst to the world then all of our lives will be disrupted. The daily routines We consider normal will be soon affected. As our heads hit our pillows at night We will worry about our loved ones and more. The path to calmness and hope will always be prayer.

I wish You all a good week ahead. Please try to find time to pray. Have hope. God Bless You All. Make today a peaceful Sunday.

Dear Lord,

Let us pray that the coronavirus dies down and becomes contained, causing the minimum of death and destruction in its spread. We pray for the victims and their families. We pray for those affected by the virus – especially those who are unable to get to food or medicines as services get cut down. We pray that our families and loved ones stay out of harm’s way. We pray also, Lord, that our governments and health authorities learn from the coronavirus and prepare better for future outbreaks as a consequence of lessons learned this time around. We pray to sustain our hope, Lord. We thank You this and every day. Lord, please hear our prayer.

Amen