27th April 2021
From Bishop Libby
As we begin to emerge from restrictions, and start to make plans for the coming months, we have been reminded that the pandemic is global, and far from over. Our sisters and brothers in our link dioceses of the Church of North India have asked for our prayers. You will have seen and heard news of terrible consequences as the healthcare system in India is overwhelmed. I share just one message from CNI in Dehli:
“So kind of you to check in … We are under lockdown, and it is now extended until the 30th of April.
Things are not good at all. People are dying due to lack of oxygen and hospital beds. Corridors of hospitals are full. The poor not even getting an ambulance to take their dead to do the last rites. Many are just burning them on roadsides. Scary and terrible times. Please pray for us. Our hope and trust are in the Lord alone. Please convey my regards to all my Derby friends.”
What grace, to extend regard to us in the midst of such trauma. As we, too, put our hope and trust in the Lord alone for what lies ahead, please pray for India, and all those across the world overwhelmed by the pandemic.
A prayer for those who are ill
Thinking especially of all who are affected by coronavirus in India
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.