The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting us all to stand together in praying for the nation during February. At 6pm people of different faiths and of none are invited to light a candle and say a prayer in whatever way they choose. A time of silence or spoken prayer helps us to remember those who have died, to remember that God is with us in our suffering, to pray for the vaccines and signs of hope that things will gradually get better.
If you would like to do this, but don’t know what to pray, how about you find a copy of psalm 23 and read it through slowly. It speaks of God being with us when we feel isolated or alone. If we feel tired or confused God makes us lie down in green pastures and near refreshing waters. When we worry God restores our soul and sense of wholeness. If we are sick or afraid God walks alongside us and in our difficulties God promises us hope, as he sets a table before us. In all our troubles God gives us the promise of life beyond death.