Thought for the week – 19.3.20

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Who knows what the situation will be by the time this is published? What is clear is that Coronavirus will have an ongoing impact on life across the globe.

We in the UK are now in the ‘delay phase’ of the government response, but that could change rapidly. But what is our response at a personal level? Will we carry on as normal, wash our hands a bit more often and more thoroughly, or will we hit the panic button and get hold of as much toilet paper, hand gels, pasta, and tinned goods as the fast emptying supermarket shelves will allow?

Or do we accept the gravity of the situation, take the advice of the authorities with regard to minimising the risk of infection and consider the needs of others as well as ourselves?

From a Christian perspective can I suggest prayer? In the past our nation did not ridicule such a call – there have been such occasions in the past. If we believe in the God who lived among us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth we can be assured that he is not disinterested in what happens on planet earth. One of the constant features in Jesus’ own life was prayer. If it was good enough for the Son of God it should be no less so for us.

In the New Testament letters folk are urged to pray about everything on the basis that God was our refuge and strength in troubled times. Some words from a hymn seem appropriate – O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

James Beaton,
Oban Free Church