Thursday 16th April 2020
I’m thankful to those who helped in the making of the Easter service video, it was lovely to see your faces.
This week, Connor and I have been watching the live streaming of Spring Harvest, and it’s been an encouraging and fulfilling time.
Connor has enjoyed the all-age devotionals each morning, which focused on the Holy Spirit.
This has prompted many questions and thoughts in Connor, and it’s been such a blessing to help him deepen his faith and understanding.
Social distancing has brought many blessings within the challenges. And as Connor broadens the depth of his faith, I’m appreciating the opportunity to stop and cherish the day, being able to spend more time in prayer and reflection, in reading scripture, in exploring the depths of my own faith.
This is undoubtedly a challenging time for us all. But God never leaves us, especially not during the hard times. I encourage you to take this opportunity to reflect on the blessings God has given, the grace He freely offers us, and to spend time in prayer – ever praising God and asking for His help and guidance through these difficult times.
Wednesday 1st April 2020
But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:11-12
It has been an interesting week as Connor and I have adapted to the new routine of home-schooling. It is lovely to see Connor so eager to learn and develop his skills, it feels like a blessing to be directly involved in his learning.
And his desire to learn has extended to joining in more with morning and night prayer. And we are both learning what it’s like to be church in a different way as we join in on Sunday mornings; it has been a wonderful opportunity to discuss what church actually is.
As St. Paul in Hebrews speaks about the need for preparations in the temple before Christ came, it helps us to remember that walls are not the things that make up a church – it is the people, it is us. And even with us not being able to see one another and share in worship in our usual way, we are all still connected through the love of Jesus which unites us in faith.
Wednesday 18th March 2020
We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul Hebrews 6:19a
Morning prayer on Wednesday offered a reading from Hebrews, a reminder of the faithfulness of God and the everlasting covenant we have with him.
It reminded me of when I went food shopping at Aldi this week; there was a traffic jam in the car park and people were starting to get agitated with each other.
On gaining a parking space, I prayed before getting out of the car and faced my fellow shoppers: I gave thanks for the opportunity to buy food; I asked for help in finding the food Connor and I would need; I asked for guidance so we wouldn’t be greedy and take too much; and I asked that I would see human kindness while in the shop.
All prayers were answered, the most profound being human kindness. People were patient with one another, still willing to chat and guide people to where things were. There was a distinct air of tension but the hope for something more came to fruition.
It can be difficult to hold on to hope when times get hard, especially now when we might not be able to see loved ones, close friends, and fellow worshipers. But God is here with us, a sure and steadfast presence for us to lean on when the situation looks uncertain. It has encouraged me to continue to pray and praise God, especially for the small things that are too easily taken for granted or forgotten about in times of crisis.