It’s a question that invites a variety of responses and concerns. In the article below, N. T. Wright offers some helpful pastoral wisdom concerning lament. 



Wright suggests that in a specific sense, Christianity offers no response to COVID-19 as to why it is happening and where God is in this. In that anxiety and lack of understanding, we lament the suffering and devastation.

However, in a more general sense, Christianity offers a real hope of God still being in charge of the universe, still able to help us, and still offering the same instructions to his people to b his hands and feet offering help and hope through the embodied gospel (word and works) of peace and justice, making things right in anticipation of God’s final act of restoration.

So, have a read of Wright’s article and then join us in prayer for the world, for those afflicted, for friends and neighbours – locally and globally – so that all may know the comforting presence of the almighty God who is able to bring help and hope through his people.

 

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