Dear Lord,

When the Coronavirus landed in the Atlantic provinces, we went from gathered church, meetings and visits to a sudden “Stay the Blazes Home” mandate.  Social distancing, physical distancing – whatever we phrase the term – it still means that the most basic of human interaction was and is majorly interrupted.

And so, we came to you and asked for patience, hope, health, protection and for ways to help others.  Lord, as you do, you answered the prayer with acts of kindness, visits from the car or porch or patio, and you gave us ideas, creativity, and with your grace, we have been able to bear the weight and the challenge. Our churches went online within the week and found new ways to reach their communities with the hope of Jesus Christ. Thank you for hearing those prayers as well.

The pandemic appears to be easing Lord, so our people are beginning to relax and enjoy the warmth of late spring.  We do so with some concern as we expect the second wave. God, help us to be ready, but not over-anxious or without diligence.  We pray that our premieres and health authorities would have wisdom, patience, and the abilities they need to lead us at this time. Some of these leaders are from our churches, and we ask you to help them spiritually as well.

We do need to celebrate, to relax, as the region has also dealt with mass murder and horrific disasters.  The Portapique shootings left us bewildered and shattered at the death of twenty-two people. We ask that you would also be with the officers, responders, and first-on-the-scene, people who carry the terror of the night and day with them. We stand in grief with Canadian Forces Shearwater as aircrew were killed in Greece. Then we asked for hope, yet again, as we grieved the loss of a Canadian Forces Snowbirds officer.

Currently, we need your wisdom in rooting out the evil of racism and prejudice.  Examine our hearts, Lord, and help us remove and replace hatred or mistrust with love and mutual support. Racism runs deep in Atlantic Canada, and we need to seek your forgiveness and wholeness.

Through all of these events, Lord, we have experienced you close by, helping, comforting and moving us forward one day at a time.

Thank you, for hearing our prayers, and for the words you gave us so long ago:

“The Lord, your God, is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” –  Zephaniah 3:17

Amen.

Randy Stanton

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