Interesting and unprecedented are just two of the words used to describe 2020.
There is a saying that it is better to be a dog in times of tranquillity than a human being in times of chaos. Hmm! Each of us will have experienced different emotions during and since lock-down, but all have felt the loss of human contact and social activities, and lack of access to churches for private prayer and corporate worship.
Thank God for modern communications that have enabled us to keep in touch with loved ones in these times. We have given and received much needed support. Continued restrictions are still necessary for our safety and well-being. Yes, we live in interesting and unprecedented times. One carol says, ‘The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight’. We have had to face our fears and work through issues. Our hope is in Christ. He is our strength. He is unchanging.
My garden reminds me that the times and seasons are changing – nothing is the same as it was. Plants which flowered once a year now flower two or three times.
We fret and worry, but the world of nature carries on around us unperturbed. In the Gospels we‘re told not to worry about everyday needs - God cares even for insignificant sparrows. Are we not more valuable than them? If God cares for the least, then how much more he cares for us and will provide for our needs whatever they might be.
Pat Harris LLM