Not the start to 2021 we hoped for

I don’t think this is the start to 2021 that we had hoped for as the virus cases and deaths are higher than ever and the NHS finds itself under enormous strain.

As we wait for the lockdown measures and vaccine rollout to take effect, we need patience and endurance, both individually and as churches. This has drawn me to James 5:7-11, where James encourages us to keep going and focus on the future coming of Jesus. With this in mind let us encourage one another through these difficult times.

As Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm our health service and continues to inflict pain and loss, we stand together with many others and renew our commitment to sustained prayer.

You may like to join virtually with friends to pray, perhaps in small groups or as a wider congregation. You might like to spend time in solitude praying for our nation at this time of crisis.

Here are some pointers to help you and your friends as you pray. These have been written by a senior A&E nurse in a large teaching hospital:

Pray for all the NHS staff for their own safety, energy and peace in dealing with each and every patient.
Pray for those in hospital leadership, for wisdom and for good decisions to give the best outcomes for patients.
Pray for patients; for healing, for peace and ultimately to fight this disease and get home and pray for their relatives who feel helpless.
Pray for the vaccine, that it will and is working against this latest strain of Covid-19.
Pray for a reprieve and an end to Covid-19.
You may know people who are currently working in the NHS in your area, please let them know you are praying for them and ask them how you can pray specifically.

You may be someone who is working in a healthcare setting. If you would like to share your story of what you are seeing and hearing in these days, we will be setting up an area of this website to share stories. Please do not include any identifying details, for example names of patients or staff, but your stories will help us all to pray in the coming weeks.
Please click here to get in touch with us to share what you are hearing.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)