Posted on August 18, 2020 / Matters
Don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright ….
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if just like this Bob Marley song suggests, we could all click our fingers and magically every little and big thing would be alright? Or if our worry could be turned off just as easily. What a complex time we are living through. There is so much that we want to be able to fix, and to change and control. As humans we can be so used to feeling that we can control so much of our circumstances, that when things are out of our control, we can feel helpless and alone in our struggle.
You are most certainly not alone, and there are many things that we can do during this time.
Our bible promises us that God is with us during times of hardship. We can pray for ourselves, our families and friends, our leaders and our world. God hears prayer and will give each one of us the courage to get through difficult times.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
If you would like to pray to God about this Covid-19 Crisis. Here is a simple prayer that you can say.
Dear Heavenly father,
We thank you for each person who is serving our community in this time. We pray for your protection for our essential workers, and in particular our healthcare workers. Please continue to give them energy, skill and patience as they display great sacrifice for our community.
We also pray for those who govern and lead us. Please help them to make wise decisions that will help to protect us all. We pray for our emergency services, police force and defence force as they work to help keep our community in order and safe for us all.
We pray for the families who have lost someone they love, or are caring for those who are sick. Please heal the sick and begin to bring peace to those who grieve.
And we pray for ourselves and our families. Please keep us safe. Help us to be patient and loving with each other during lockdown. Help us to sleep at night. Please lift the burden of worry from our shoulders.
May we know the peace that passes understanding, as we place our trust in Jesus, in whose powerful name we pray.
Acting Head of Religion Studies
9A Pastoral Mentor
Farm Curriculum Co-ordinator