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Thought For The Week 16 August 2020

Once again we have entered a time of uncertainty and fear.  By the time you read this, we will have more of an idea of what our immediate future looks like.  It is possible that we can get on top of this latest outbreak quickly, it is also possible that our lives will be disrupted again by another extended period of lockdown.

What can we do?  Where can we turn in times like these?

The hope of the Lord is our anchor.

The love of Christ is our compass.

The peace of God is our strength.

It is so easy to get wrapped up in ourselves, to be turned inside out and upside down by the circumstances of our lives, but even in the darkest times, God’s redeeming love for the world is a soft heartbeat that gives us a solid rhythm to shape our lives.  This virus will not have the last word, for God’s love will prevail. Bring everything to God in prayer.

When we let the fears and worries of our times take over our consciousness, then we react in fear and anger.  Sadly we see too much of this in our world today.  Blame is slung around in all directions, and conspiracy theories fill our need for easy                answers.  None of these things make our lives any better.  What will give us strength, even in the valley of the shadow of death, is holding the truth in our hearts and in our minds.  The truth is that our world faces a monumental challenge.  The truth is that, so far, our nation has fared better than any other.  The truth is that holding each other in the love and hope and peace that comes from God will help us to weather this storm in a way that fear, paranoia and blame never could.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,   whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. –  Phil 4:8-9

 

Rory Grant

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