Many held high hopes that 2021 would be a better year than 2020 and while we continue to hope that it will turn out that way, due to the emergence of this new and faster spreading strain of coronavirus, we find ourselves just a few days into the new year in very similar conditions to where we were in March of last year.

It is hard to avoid feeling disappointed after all that has happened and sadly for some to have the strength to bounce back from that. It is not a time for belittling or playing down how people may feel with well-meaning slogans and strap lines but rather a time for supporting one another the best we can within the guidelines that are in place. It is also a time to continue to seek help from the Lord as we pray with and for one another.

The prophet Habakkuk wrote these words:

               I have heard all about you, Lord.
                     I am filled with awe by your amazing works.
              In this time of our deep need,
                   help us again as you did in years gone by.  (Habakkuk 3 v 2 NLT) 

As we deal with the disappointment of increased ‘lockdown’ restrictions, let us meditate once again on the words of Habakkuk’s heart felt prayer, as we also come and beseech the Lord to help us in our time of deep need.

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