Revd Ian writes:
I’ve been signing my emails with the word MIZPAH.
What does this word mean though? It comes from Genesis 31v49 “May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other. In Victorian times this was a common phrase for use on rings or some jewellery. I had a MIZPAH wedding ring and now I also have a tattoo of it too! The word means ‘watch tower’ and refers to the time Jacob and Laban separated but still wanted to acknowledge that the Lord watched over them both. It seems appropriate in the current situation, for us as a church, to consider that although we are apart from one another, Jesus remains the One that unites us even through the physical spaces [2 metres] between us. Therefore, when I write MIZPAH I write to you: may Jesus watch over us while we are physically apart, until we come together once more.
Be Kind to one another – Support one another
and Love one another… It’s still that simple