Psalm 91:1 4 (BCP)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
  abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
He shall say to the Lord 
 "You are my refuge and my stronghold,
  my God in whom I put my trust.
He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter
  and from the from the deadly pestilence… 
…and you shall find refuge under his wings."
 
In times of fear, worry and anxiety, there is no better place to turn than the Bible. Psalm 91 tells us that he or she  "who dwells in the shelter of the Most High” can say "You are my refuge and stronghold and He will deliver you from the deadly pestilence and you shall find refuge under His wings. " What comfort to know that God will give protection and strength to get us through illness and uncertainty!
 
Hebrews 11:1 2 reminds us that faith is the thing that helps us overcome our fear and anxiety. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. " Faith and a sense of humor go a long way in getting you through the times of difficulty. As someone who lived through the bombing of London in WW2, I can tell you that faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, can get you through the trying days and long nights. Two of the four blocks around us were blown up, and when you are in an air-raid shelter and the bombs are exploding, the Lord's Prayer and any other prayers you can muster can be a great comfort. Then you thank God for His protection because "they missed us again."
 
To use a great English saying: "Keep Calm and Carry On." We will get through this together and our faith will be the stronger for it. St. Martin's is here for you and we will do all in our power to give you reassurance and assistance in your home bound worship and prayers. 
 
A prayer for today:

Thank You, God of yesterday, today and tomorrow for taking our hand to guide us though these uncertain times as You always have for Your people. Help us cast our cares on You and strengthen our faith and put Your hand of healing on all who need it. Thank You for your many blessings. Amen.

The Rev. Nicolas (Nick) R.D. Dyke
Pastoral Associate