Global pandemic, global prayer, global God

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Some people have talked about this virus as being a great leveller. I think I know what they mean. Its impact has touched the lives of all of us, in some way, across the globe. There are few things in our increasingly atomised and divided societies that can have that effect.

But they are also wrong. Because its impact is not the same in every place or on every person. We see the truth of that in the UK. It is different between those of different ethnicities, those with different health conditions, those who have gardens and those who do not, those living in safe households and those who do not, those working on the frontline and those who are not.

Across the world we see these differences magnified. In some conflict zones it has brought warring factions together for now, but across whole regions the medical infrastructure is lacking, hygiene and social distancing are all but impossible, and day-workers who are unable to work face starvation.

So this week, as we begin the period of prayer we are called to observe between Ascension Day and Pentecost let’s pray not just for our friends and colleagues, not just for our localities but also for our brothers and sisters across the world. And not only to pray but to take action, to give and support. Many of the Lordsbridge churches support the Christian relief agency Tearfund. This video prayer, inspired by Psalm 46, is from their aid-workers across the globe. Join me in praying with them for every corner of our world.

May our prayers be active, and our activities prayerful. Father, may your Kingdom come.

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About Alison Myers

I am Team Rector for the Lordsbridge Team of Churches, a cluster of 11 villages west of Cambridge. Within the Team, I am Vicar of Hardwick and Dry Drayton, and Lead Minister for Pioneering Projects.
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