A Prayer for Light

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are keeping well and that You and Your family are well-protected from getting Coronavirus. I know every day seems like a Monday but please try and remember that today is a Sunday and spend it thus.

The original novelty of lock-down has now worn off. Those of us with gardens are wondering what should be the next project. I have no doubt that there are more gardens in Britain right now worthy of being show-gardens that at any other point in history.

I hope that You have had time to pray, to ponder and to wonder. The lock-down presents us with an opportunity to get to know time and ourselves again. I sincerely hope that the reading list I sent to You has been useful, especially if You, like me, have needed some encouragement in the darker of these days.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6 ESV)

Today I would like to pray for light at the end of the tunnel. I would like You to focus Your minds and prayers on a vaccine and a cure for Coronavirus, as the virus starts to sweep across the developing world. With a vaccine we can all start to get back to living a free and useful life, while a cure will reduce the suffering and pain of the virus’ victims.

I am praying for You. Fear not. Be brave and circumspect. Listen to Government advice and let Us all obey the lock-down even if We feel imprisoned in Our homes. Let Us treat Our fellow human beings with respect and grace. God Bless You all. Have a peaceful and thoughtful Sunday during which You find time to kneel and time to pray.

We pray for the pharmaceutical and research companies who are testing for possible vaccines. We pray that there will be a breakthrough soon and proper medication will be created that will provide relief for those infected. We pray, Lord, that You will heal the hundreds of thousands who are sick and suffering because of this virus. We pray that You comfort the many more who are mourning their loss. We urge You, Lord, to relieve those who are feeling trapped or claustrophobic due to lock-down. We pray that this difficult season will be used to turn hearts to Christ. Dear Lord let there be light in this battle with Coronavirus. 

Amen