Thought for the Week
There will be dismay among many people now that it appears the number of people affected by the corona virus is rising again with the subsequent restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the virus in the country. While this setback is disappointing, it does remind us of the need for everyone to take personal responsibility for their own hygiene and to encourage others to do likewise. If we all behave responsibly we will be supporting the common good and helping to repress the spread of the virus.
Christians, of course, can also draw comfort and inspiration from God’s love and grace. The psalmist, in Psalm 46, reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its’ waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Through our prayerful relationship with God we can be confident in knowing that, as the book of Deuteronomy says, “underneath are the everlasting arms”. So, while we need to be and should be careful, we do not need to be afraid because we are blessed with God’s protection and His love.
The prophet Isaiah summed it up so well when he said “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41, v 10.
“May God be gracious to us, bless us and make His face shine on us” Psalm 67 and may you keep well and safe in your daily life.