A call to arms

This wave has been a Tsunami on the emotions, I see it everywhere I look. People are angry, fed up, frustrated, short fused and tired. I myself have been noticing that the slightest thing annoys me and despite trying to avoid the news I am still confronted with the reality of this pandemic on a daily basis and I am left emotionally empty but needing to find it within myself to still give to the family who are also completely depleted of patience and emotional well being.

We are an angry group of Canadians and though we are known to be polite around the world, we are losing our cool here, and fast. I could get political but I won’t. I could vent, but the only purpose it would serve is to make me feel better… instead I will say that when we are in our darkest moments, when we feel like we have been forgotten or left alone, or abandoned, or when we just feel totally hopeless. Those are the moments when we need to pray. Pray for our leaders, pray for our doctors, pray for our teachers, pray for our kids, pray for our families, pray for our friends, pray for the world that is aching right now, pray for the homeless, pray for the abused, pray for the mentally ill, pray for our pastors, pray for the sick, pray for the families in mourning, pray for the patients that are not sick with covid but who can’t get the help they need, pray for every single little thing that we need because we have to finally admit we can’t control this, we can’t fix this without help, we can’t DO anything… BUT… we can pray!

I guess this is a call to arms in some ways…

On Thursday May 23rd in 1940 King George VI requested that the following Sunday (May 27th) be set aside as a national day of prayer. At the time British troops were surrounded by the enemy and defeat seemed imminent, in fact Churchill already had his speech ready to announce the catastrophic loss of troops…. and yet, it didn’t happen. On that Sunday the entire nation knelt in prayer together.

 “Eyewitnesses and photographs confirm overflowing congregations in places of worship across the land. Long queues formed outside cathedrals. The same day an urgent request went out for boats of all sizes and shapes to cross the English Channel to rescue the besieged army, a call ultimately answered by around 800 vessels.

Yet even before the praying began (in my experience, prayer often works like that) curious events were happening. In a decision that infuriated his generals and still baffles historians, Hitler ordered his army to halt. Had they continued to fight, the destruction of the Allied forces would have been inevitable and the war would have taken a different, darker and more terrible path. Yet for three days the German tanks and soldiers stood idle while the evacuation unfolded. Not only so, bad weather on the Tuesday grounded the Luftwaffe, allowing Allied soldiers to march unhindered to the beaches. In contrast, on Wednesday the sea was extraordinarily calm, making the perilous evacuation less hazardous. By the time the German Army was finally ordered to renew its attack, over 338,000 troops had been snatched from the beaches, including 140,000 French, Belgian, Dutch and Polish soldiers. Many of them were to return four years later to liberate Europe.”

Canon J John (from his blog)

I am thinking that the timing is too perfect… in just a few weeks we will be looking at the same dates as this historic event. I would like to see if we can’t have our own national day of prayer. On Thursday May 27th I would ask that you stop what you are doing and pray, pray for the safety of our frontline workers, for the essential workers, for the leaders in our governemnt, for the vaccinationprocess, for the sick, for the lonely, for the people who are deep in mourning and alone, pray for an end this pandemic.

Churchill himself coined the phrase ‘the miracle of Dunkirk’. I believe in miracles and I know that the God I serve is capable of working on here.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matt 18:19-20

Share this with as many people as you can… let’s get people praying!


Published by lauriehaughton

Author & Photographer

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