Another year, another month! Sometimes it seems to go by very quickly, Lord, and at others the hours, the days, the weeks drag on, because little has changed. Covid 19 is with us still, more virulent than ever, the NHS is overwhelmed, businesses under threat of closure; ‘lockdown’ continues, and so many are isolated, afraid of going beyond their front door. We may see one another virtually, but we’re separated physically from family and friends, and it all feels, it all is, so unnatural.
But you know all this, Lord, because in Jesus you came among us and experienced human life to the full, and you understand first-hand what we’re going through. Wherever we are, however we are, you see our tears and your heart breaks; you hear our anxieties and our fears and you offer us your peace; you know of our concerns for the future and you remind us of your faithfulness; you feel our aloneness and you assure us ‘I am with you always’.
For you are with us in ways that cannot be restricted by any human limitations; there are no boundaries to your love, and through your Holy Spirit you reach out to us, bringing your life and light into all the dark corners of our world. And so we pray, Lord for all who are struggling to keep going, for all on the front line of caring for others, in hospitals and homes, in schools and local services. May we all find your resources of strength, of compassion, of resilience and hope sufficient to meet our every need, as we put our trust in you.