April 2020:From Our Deacon’s ‘Guest Pen’ (whilst Rev Brian is on Sabbatical)
At this time of uncertainly and fear,
where are our priorities?
At this time of panic buying and craziness,
where is our faith.
At the moment the country and the world
seems to be gripped in the hold of a storm.
A sea whipped up but the Coronavirus
and I feel the media.
I am not suggesting we take unnecessary risk to keep our people and our selves safe, so what can we do?
“There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment.” (1 John 4:18)
We might be asked to self-isolate in the coming days and weeks, but we can still contact one another by phone. Now is the time to ring through our pastoral list. Start at the beginning and work through.
Also now is the time to spend time in prayer. Prayer through the Easter story. Pick up your Bible and read one of the Gospels as if it were a novel. Try to read it as through you were reading it for the very first time. We all have time now to reflect, to slow down, to open a window and listen to the birds singing.
I enclose a prayer that I found on Facebook that helped me to put things in prospective. Please stay safe and until we meet again may God bless and keep you all.
Prayer for a Pandemic: (by Cameron Wiggins Bellm)
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have flexibility to care for our children when their schools close.
Remember those that have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country
Let us choose love during this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbour.