Prayer for Liverpool
I have begun to call Thursdays ‘Thankyou Thursday’. It’s the day when we remember and give thanks for all those on the front line in the NHS and those care workers working in hospices and nursing homes. It is also the day when we should be thinking about those who have the responsibility for delivering our food to the supermarkets, for those who continue to empty our bins and so many other people who are keeping the infrastructure of society going.
Last Thursday, as you can see from the photograph, Stella Barnes organised and designed a thank you from the Cathedral Car Park. She got some of the residents in the close to add their own contribution to the thankyou at specific times during the morning so that we kept the Government rules on social-isolation. The whole experience brought fun and laughter to us all, so improving our mental health.
As the weeks go on I think it is becoming harder to keep ourselves isolated form others. I have tried different ways of engaging with my friends. I have regular catch ups with my friends through FaceTime or Teams, when we have a drink together, me in front of my screen and my friends in front of theirs. It does work, but I have to say I miss the physical contact of the greeting, the hug, the hand shake or the kiss. So when I think about Jesus and his resurrection I can quite understand Thomas who does not believe until he sees or touches Jesus. I think I too will not believe in the resurrection from Covid 19 until I can sit with my friends and have a face-to-face conversation in person. Or until I feel that kiss of peace or hug of welcome.
So on this ‘Thankyou Thursday,’ as we physically use our hands to clap, let us hope and pray for an end to this pandemic. Let us be grateful and say thankyou to all who offer the healing touch in our hospital and care homes. Let us be grateful for all who supply our basic needs. And let us pray for and give thanks for the physical touch of our family and friends that we so long for.
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Prayer for Liverpool
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