Thought for the week 11.06.20

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1 Corinthians 13–13: ‘And now these three remain – faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’

We have a choice of how to react to the uncertainties of life including the COVID-19 pandemic and the suffering it is causing .

Sometimes a natural disaster has been referred to as an ‘act of God’. This is a reference back to ancient pagan beliefs but it is much more positive to recognise that the act of God is His ever present support that, together with our faith and hope, enables us to find ways to cope with changes in lifestyle and inspires us to serve God with acts of kindness.

We have cause to be thankful in these troubled times for the spirit of neighbourliness and new friendship that has been awakened as a positive response to the changes forced upon us. Supporting neighbours in lockdown by shopping for them, donating food for the disadvantaged, selfless caring for the sick and comforting the bereaved are all expressions of love.

Even from lockdown, we can support friends and family by phone or other IT facilities to share goodwill between giver and receiver.

Although no one would have chosen this period of lockdown, it has given us the opportunity to pause and re-evaluate our lifestyle hoping for the growth of a more caring and forward thinking society.

Janet and Geoff Fairbairn (Quakers)