A return to more stringent measures to control the pandemic was on the cards, even though the numbers of positive cases in our region were much lower than most of the country.
At this strange time, you, like me, will be trying to come to terms with the changes to our lives this will bring. In previous years we would now be working towards getting together with friends and family at Christmas, but for many of you it may well be a rather different celebration this year. It will be a testing time and once again an important time to look out for those who need our love and support.
But it is also an important time to look after our own well-being. Lockdown will not be a time to think of what might have been, things are what they are. The Apostle Paul was sure there was no secret force that one day would erupt into our lives resulting in the love of Christ being torn away from us; “I am convinced of this”, says Paul. “I hold it with my whole soul, there is nothing whatsoever that can separate God’s people from God’s love. No one and nothing can do this”.
All we can do now is look to a New Year, a new beginning, a time when we can look back on all this and tell our future generations of 2020 the most unexpected year of our lives!