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This virus is invisible to the naked eye and its power to change our lives is surreal.
It’s no wonder that there is a certain number of deniers as to the need for physical distancing and it’s no wonder that some people have acted foolishly as the lockdown eases.
There is another power invisible to even the most powerful microscopes and that is the spiritual power that holds us together as families, communities and nations.
We can see the results of unhealthy and unholy spirits – drunken parties, crowded beaches, excessive speed on the roads and highways, political and economic fears that deny the need for distancing or are in too big of a hurry to ‘open-up’.
I have been blessed to see in my family, my village, in Argyll and in Scotland a healthy and Holy Spirit at work. I have seen what the Apostle Paul calls the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Those before me have remarked on the neighbourly concern that has been made manifest during these days. I experience and hear stories of sacrificial love and concern being made manifest.
As we enter the difficult phase of reopening, may we not weary of doing good and praying for each other as the days ahead test our patience and endurance. May we be kind to and pray for our various community and political leaders as they learn their way forward in leadership. And may God’s love fill your heart that you will have unseen power to deal with the unseen.
Reverend Tom Telfer,
Kilchrenan and Dalavich l/w Muckairn