It can feel just now as if our lives have been taken over by coronavirus, the impact of practices in China has found its way to Britain’s shores and our lives are changed.
While we are being asked to distance ourselves from each other socially, it shows how interwoven our lives are.
Acknowledge how you are feeling in this moment. If being calm is hard, acknowledge it. If you find yourself frustrated or stressed, acknowledge it.
God wants to be present in all parts of our lives, not just the easy or serene moments.
During Lent I’ve been making an online retreat with a thought-for-the-day landing each morning in my inbox. Below is one of the sound-bites:
“Our lives are a mystery. Events happen or don’t happen and we feel confused, amazed or anxious.
What does it all mean? Is there a purpose to any of it at all? We can have so many questions.
Some seek certainty in the face of mystery. We seek certainty in science. We seek it in rules. We seek it in religion. We seek it in a combination of all these.
And yet mystery still exists. Just when we feel certain about this or that, something happens in the world around us to cause uncertainty to return and the mystery to continue.
We are faced with illness, grief, natural disaster, terrorism, political upheaval and untimely death, poverty and cruelty. And we wonder, what is this all about?
Equally, we are faced with our experience of self-sacrifice, generosity beyond belief, selfless love, wisdom and leadership. And we wonder, where did that come from?
Life itself is a mystery, and a glorious one at that. How did we get here? What is life all about? Wonderful mysteries.
Perhaps in the face of these mysteries, just for a short while, we could rest in the mystery – just let it be. Let life be what it is. Experience it for the highs and lows that it brings. Don’t try to explain it. Don’t try to control it. Just be in it. Acknowledge that we don’t know it all. And that we can’t know it all.
Resting here, I have a feeling we will meet with God.” (Jim Deeds & Brendan McManus)
Psalm 34 says God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray and God frees us from our fears. We have a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Easter reminds us that what Jesus did in the Middle East 2,000 years ago still impacts Britain’s shores today and our lives can be changed, but this time it is for good.
Love of us was his meaning on the cross. Love of you and me is his meaning today. And love of us tomorrow, always and forever. Love is his meaning.
We have much to thank God for at The Magdalene Project in people and practical needs, and your prayer has made a difference.
The need for counselling continues to increase, please pray for the release of the resources to meet this need.
More prayer needs can be found in Magdalene’s monthly Prayer Diary.
Even if we are unable to meet face to face, pray with us from wherever you are, knowing we are united by the Holy Spirit.
Please join us prayer, wherever you are on the following days:
3rd Thursday of the month at 9.30am on 19th March - 16th April –21st May-18th June.
Thank you so much for your prayerful support and may you know the peace and love of God in Christ Jesus this Easter.