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Thought and Prayer for The Day Thursday March 26, 2020
From now on I will be sending out a Thought and Prayer for The Day on Tuesdays and Thursdays and an Order of Service for Sundays until we can worship together again in church. I am hoping that the Sunday Services can be in person on the All Saints’ website and Facebook page. We await the technical feasibility for doing that – don’t ask me I’m an IT dinosaur and proud member of the group I formed on Facebook with a friend of mine called The ANTOF Club (Anti New Technology Old Fools Club)!
So, here goes for today:
Since the COVID19 crisis started so many Facebook posts have been asking the good old chestnut questions “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” or “Where is God during all the suffering and hardship in the world?” Even our Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, has tried to deal with this question in the most recent Anglican Journal. She does her best and I recommend the article to you. But, as she says at the beginning of her piece, ‘I can come up with no answers’. Neither can we. We can look at Bible passages in Job and The Psalms in the Old Testament and the letters of Paul in the New Testament but none of them really answers the question “Why?”. From the cross Jesus cried out these words, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. Even the Son of God at the height of his suffering asks the same question.
For me all this means that suffering is a part of life. We must acknowledge that, cope the best we can, get alongside others who are suffering too and show the compassion that we have received from God with them. “Compassion” means “suffering with” – that’s what God is doing now and, as His followers, and that’s what we should be doing with others. Let us pray:
“God our Father, we are struggling with the situation we are facing today. We are unable to worship with our friends in Christ from whom we gain so much love and support. We pray that you will show your compassion to all of us and, when we come to you in prayer, you will give us a real sense of your presence with us and shower us with your love. We pray this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, through whose sufferings we have gained eternal life. Amen.” ... See MoreSee Less
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