Church of England Diocese of Chester Great Budworth

Curates April Musings

27 Mar 2020, 11:15 a.m.

Dear friends

I have decided to move to Ambridge as it appears the only place where there is no worry about Corona virus. I had my April musings written in my head but life has changed so much since my initial thoughts.

I feel like my heart is breaking. As humans we are social animals and this need to self isolate feels so hard. I love to hug and avoiding any type of physical contact is incredibly difficult. I see my parents every day and communicating through the sitting room window is just not the same.

As a priest, I love leading worship and presiding at Holy Communion – neither of which is possible at the moment within the church building. Another love of mine is to meet people and walk alongside them on the journey we call life, My School has closed and we cannot meet in church. I can no longer visit hospitals or care homes. These activities feed my soul and give me joy. To me there is no greater privilege than to hold someone`s hand and to pray with them. We may become more technologically adept over the next few months but I miss being physically present.

If there is ever a moment that you want to chat – please call me. I can pray, listen or just talk.

 <span style="font-size: 1rem;">We are people of faith. Let us not forget that we are Easter people. There was the utter darkness of Good Friday when the world could not have been darker but that darkness was transformed on Easter Day.</span>

Jesus told us over 100 times not to be afraid. Go on You tube and listen to Nadia Bolz Weber speak about this. She says that the opposite of fear is not bravery but love. We need to follow the advice to self isolate but we should still try and squeeze every drop of living out of life and appreciate the good things and people around us.

My prayer for everyone is from 1 John 4 v 18 - Perfect love casts out all fear.

When the world looks hopeless we are to be hope filled.

Look at Psalm 23, Hebrews 13v 8. Romans 8 to name but 3 passages.

In the dark of the night meditate on these things.

I pray that each of us can find joy this Easter.

All my love Christina