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Having recently moved to Oban, I’m taking pleasure in the natural beauty all around.
Having moved from London, where there’s little of the natural world in sight, to be somewhere where life and nature are all around is a delight. And as a Christian I can, in these things, see the work of God, who said, when all things were made, “It is good”.
But I’m aware that nature is not always our friend. During this last year we’ve all endured – some far more personally than others – a pandemic which, whatever else it is, is part of nature.
Here, I believe, the Christian faith has something to say. That even when things are not good, the God who made all things is there. Christians believe this is seen and known in Jesus, the human face of God, sharing and being with us when things are not as good as they should be.
For all of us, whatever our beliefs, the same call comes, to be alongside, to care for, and to walk with those enduring hardship and suffering during these days. So that, in the end, we may look again, see the beauty of the world, and say, “It is good”.
The Rt Revd Dr Keith Riglin, Bishop of Argyll and The Isles