Thursday 30th April

Many Christians down the ages have found great comfort in chapter 8 of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Not least because Paul reminds the persecuted early church that God was in control and that despite circumstances his love and care for them is greater than any human or spiritual threat they might face. If you haven’t read Romans 8 then why not take a few moments to discover what Paul has to say.

‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor daemons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

In the present crisis it is easy for us to feel abandoned and to wonder where God is or why he has abandoned us. In the Old Testament the book of Job talks of a man of faith who loses everything but continues to focus on the one thing he can be secure of, the love of God. ‘I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.’
Whatever we might feel today we can be assured of God’s presence with us and we know that it is in our darkest moments it is God’s love for us that will carry us through. Today pray for those who are fearful and despairing and feel that the world is closing in around them. Pray for those suffering from mental health problems who cannot make sense of the present crisis. We also join today in praying for the NHS.

Eternal Father,
through the resurrection of your Son,
help us to face the future with courage and assurance,
knowing that nothing in death of life
can ever part us from your love.