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Praying in Exile: Uniting in Prayer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Praying in Exile: Uniting in Prayer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The past several weeks have brought an abrupt change to our way of life. You’ve had to make incredible adjustments and probably suffered loss, hardships, and periods of anxiousness. Amid it all, we are still grateful and remember the steadfast love of the Lord that is always with us. And yet, we know that we are not where we’d like to be. And we are continually learning that it may be some time before we return to a way of life we could call “normal.”
 
In a sense, not to diminish the reality and suffering of those who’ve experienced real displacement, we are in exile. We are cutoff from one another and many of the places that bring us comfort, strength, and hope. But we also know that exile was something that came to define God’s people. It shaped, disciplined, and taught God’s people new things and reminded them of the eternal things. Exile, in the hands of God, was not without purpose. It is our prayer that we will use this “exile” to draw closer to God through prayer. That was our aim for the Lenten small groups, and there is no reason to believe that aim has been lost.
 
And so, we are proposing that as a congregation we all pray on Wednesdays beginning at 5:30—our normal start time for Wednesday Night Supper. The length of time you pray is not what is important, and if 5:30 does fit your schedule, simply find a time that works for you. Pray for ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty minutes, or for whatever time is appropriate. I believe there is strength and encouragement to be found in knowing that while we are separated, we can be united in prayer. 
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