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One year ago, I wrote a reflection about the uncertainty and anxiety caused by the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown. One year on, who would have imagined restrictions have become part of everyday living.
It’s not been an easy year and many now feel bone-weary of coping – the stay-at-home parent emergency schooling (a better term than home-schooling?) children while juggling paid work, those fearful of leaving the safety of home to venture to shops, or worrying about elderly relatives in care homes – it’s exhausting.
But (you just knew I’d be looking for the upside!), there have been positives too. Communities swung into action, local cafes produce meals delivered to the housebound (for example, at Christmas), neighbours looking out for and (shock) talking to each other, help with technology enabling more use of IT to keep in touch, where signals allow.
Church has been among those supporting others in any way they can, because it’s what we are meant to do!
God means for each person to live in such a way that care is shown to all. It’s a relationship thing. God and church care that people are weary, and, if humanly possible, church will be alongside those who need help and support.
Churches never closed – buildings did – please remember, church carries on, always open, always caring, and sharing the love of God with all.
Isa 40:29 – God gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.