Ephesians 6: 10–18
We’re not keen on using images associated with soldiers or fighting;
they seem negative. A better image might be an NHS worker in their
The Christian struggle isn’t with other people or a virus, but with
‘spiritual forces’, everything that separates people from God’s love. At
this time, we might include loneliness, anxiety, poor mental health,
frustration or the desire to apportion blame.
We’re told to rely on the Lord’s strength and to stand firm. Our
armour or PPE is God’s truth, righteousness, faith, salvation and the
Footwear is important to a soldier on a long march or an NHS worker
on their feet for long shifts. We’re told:
‘As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim
the gospel of peace’ (v15).
Peace is central to the Gospel message – God’s peace – an inner peace
that we have because we know God loves us and cares for us. We take
this peace into the world and share it through our words and actions.
God of peace, we pray that whatever befalls us we will be able to stand
firm, clothed with your spiritual gifts. As we look toward a Christmas
which may be different from previous years, we know that your peace
will surround us. Help us to share that peace with others. Amen.