Corona Blog --1: God's Heart

What is God's heart for us at this time?

What is His heart for us in this confusion and uncertainty?

Let’s pray. 

‘Father, we long to know You more.  We know we can never fully grasp You.  You’re so much bigger than that.  But we want to explore the wonder of You, to discover more of You, and we know You love us to do that.   Please lead us deeper, draw us closer to Your heart.’

So, let’s start where we are, in the middle of this pandemic, with news coming at us every day.  Jobs lost, shops closed, parliament shut for 4 weeks, children home from school for months, older people vulnerable and self-isolating, households in lockdown, church services and fitness classes online, NHS workers recognized as vital…

As we try to accommodate the ever-changing situation, the disruption of the ‘normal’ routine of our lives, we seek an anchor, a strong foothold.   We re-assess what really matters to us, what gives meaning to our lives.  Facing the risk of losing loved ones, and deprived of their physical presence, we realise just how much we value them.

And I wonder whether this is an echo of God’s heart.

As we tentatively reach out to God in prayer, I sense His voice, so tender, and yet with an urgency I cannot fathom.

“I AM all that you need Me to be.”

I sense the deep longing of God for us to come near to Him, as a Father enfolds His children in His arms, even as a Bridegroom draws His Bride into the deep chasm of intimacy (see Hosea 2:14).  And as we, His Church, His Bride, go deeper into God, we will pull others in, draw others deep into God.  Together, we will hear Him say:

“You are precious and honoured in My sight, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:4)

Let’s pray.

‘Father, thank You.  Thank you for Who You are.  Thank You for Your endless love for us.  Thank You that we are precious to You, so precious.’

… So, if having read this, you have questions or would like to get in touch for any reason, please send us an email.  We’d love to hear from you!

‘The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’ 
(Numbers 6:24-26)

Love, Mary


Hi, my name is Mary.  I’ve been a member of City Gate church for ages, and my desire to know God grows every year.  I’ve recently been exploring the relationship we can have with God as Father because of Jesus, and that colours everything I see.  In the midst of this corona virus pandemic, I find myself wondering what God is doing at this time.