A Prayer for a Good Winter

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your loved ones are well and healthy. As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, We are warned that We face an uncertain winter. This week I’d like to pray for an avoidance of the worst predictions coming true. A time of calm and progress would be a far more preferable substitute.

Last Easter, as many were dying each day from Covid, there was a moment when We wondered whether the rise would continue or there would be a decline. Fortunately the numbers dropped and We escaped the worst. Let us hope and pray numbers drop soon also and that the steep rise that is predicted will be avoided.

At home You can pray the prayer below to help avoid the virus, alongside washing Your hands and being sensible as to who You mix with. A prayer that was supposedly found on the altar of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem which, when repeated every day would prevent the person saying it from being attacked by the plague, seems apt.

I wish You all well these strange old days. I am sure all will be fine. Have faith, hope and love. Be circumspect. Take care of those around You and look out for the weak and lonely, please. God bless You all.

Lord our God, You who are rich in mercy, and with careful wisdom direct our lives, listen to our prayer, receive our repentance for our sins, bring an end to this new infectious disease, this new epidemic, just as you averted the punishment of your people in the time of David the King. You who are the Physician of our souls and bodies, grant restored health to those who have been seized by this illness, raising them from their bed of suffering, so that they might glorify You, O merciful Savior, and preserve in health those who have not been infected. By your grace, Lord, bless, strengthen, and preserve, all those who out of love and sacrifice care for the sick, either in their homes or in the hospitals. Remove all sickness and suffering from your people, and teach us to value life and health as gifts from You. Give us Your peace, O God, and fill our hearts with unflinching faith in Your protection, hope in Your help, and love for You and our neighbor. For Yours it is to have mercy on us and save us, O our God, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, to the ages of ages. Amen.