From the Chaplain
This week I offer a prayer and two images (see below).
First, a prayer for our nation amidst COVID-19, released by the National Council of Churches in Australia.
We give thanks anew for your providence and presence.
We prayerfully seek your grace, amidst COVID-19 here and overseas.
We pray for those in need of healing.
We pray for your peace with those who are anxious or grieving.
We pray you will continue to strengthen and sustain all those who are serving in response.
We pray for your Holy Spirit's discernment amidst the many choices and decisions facing our national, community and medical leaders.
We pray we each might see quickly what more we can do to help those who are vulnerable.
This prayer for our nation in the family of nations, with all that is on our hearts, we gather now and pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The first image is of a son visiting his father in an aged care facility that has been closed to visitors. The son speaks to his father from outside the window on the phone. This image is a reminder that we are all finding creative and safe ways to connect in the midst of social distancing. It is also a reminder that many people are being kept from loved ones in an effort to protect their health or because their jobs demand it, such as doctors, nurses, health care workers, those who work in essential services, and leaders in many spheres of society. Thank you to all who are serving our communities at this time.
The second image is the statue of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This impressive statue was lit up with the flags of each country currently battling COVID-19. As I look at this image, I see Jesus holding the world in its pain and working with us to bring about restoration. Jesus says, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5) and this light is present in every nation without discrimination.
Look after yourselves and those in your care this week.
With love and prayers,