29 Mar 2020 • General news
So we have spent another Sunday with physical distance between us all, however as last week together in spirit. We are beginning to find new ways of connecting in this new world in which we are inhabiting at present, not a bad thing is some ways. However let’s not forget those who are not online or have an online presence, including many of our congregations. I am trying to deliver service sheets to those without access to the internet, hoping that all without internet will have them in time for this coming Sunday
We don’t know how long this physical distancing will last so I think it is really important to pace ourselves, not trying to do everything in the early days. It is almost impossible not to feel as the people of God that we need to fix everything and everyone, however this is beyond our control and in the hands of those who know best, most importantly God, our creator and sustainer. However counter intuitive it is, we must remain in our homes as much as possible and take care of ourselves, caring for each other at a distance.
“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
The one thing we can do at this time is pray, maybe like we never have before, for those who are going about their daily work to keep all of us safe, healthy, cared for, fed, rubbish free and all those things that are essential to our daily lives. For those most affected by this virus, those who have died, their families and friends, those who are sick and holding onto life and those who have mild symptoms. Pray in our homes, in our rooms, in those secret places that only we enter, that God may hear and answer our prayers, God who has got this, has got us, and is leading us through the difficulties we are all facing into his light and life.
The place we are at just now will end, we will get back to normal, what that normal will look like is probably going to be quite different to the normal we might remember, hopefully in a good way. We may walk more lightly on the earth, care for the stranger and neighbour just a little bit more and perhaps value the smaller things in life much more than the bigger things.
As we continue the journey through Lent, walking with Jesus to Jerusalem, may each of us draw closer to God and to each other despite the distancing we are experiencing, knowing that as Christians we are bound together through the love of God inextricably caught up in the life and death of Jesus. On this journey we look to Easter day, the dawning of a new day with the resurrected Jesus and the light of the world shining on this world once again.