When Federal Parliament resumed for the year in February, they started with a church service.
Despite what critics may say, it in no way crosses church and state boundaries. It is simply an opportunity for those MP’s who believe in God (something which is still in the majority in Australia) – to come together to acknowledge their reliance on the almighty for what they might or might not accomplish this year.
As the year has begun with horrific bushfires and the imminent development of the coronavirus spread into a pandemic – prayer is not only an appropriate response but vital.
Of course, if you are not a believer that might seem strange – even weak. But for those who do acknowledge that God directs our paths and our world – it is the most serious and most effective thing we can do.
More than that – it is the most humbling and powerful thing our politicians can do as they go about their responsibilities and make decisions on our behalf.
I’m Russell Powell for the NSW Council of Churches.