The day-to-day figures which show leaps in those affected by Covid-19 is alarming. Each number is a person and each person is a family and a friendship group changed forever. Maybe it has come close to you, either as an infection or as a loss through death. Have we yet reached the point whereby we all know somebody who has been infected, or are aware of family who have lost a loved one to this pandemic? It would be easy, wouldn't it, to become depressed and despondent? Let us hold fast to the God we know as a loving and faithful God. Psalm 103 tells us that the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. God will not let go of us.
We were at one of those places that has lodges in the forest when we decided to go on an exploration. We stepped off the track and headed into the forest. It became darker and colder. Every so often a shaft of light broke through the leafy canopy to remind us that actually it was a sunny day beyond the woods. Just occasionally we heard the sound of children at play reminding us that, though we were alone, others were close by.
Christian people do find themselves in dark and lonely places. This is when, through the ministry of other people, we can be reminded of the light which continues to shine around our darkness. In the distance , beyond the loneliness, we can hear the sound of the church at worship, singing the songs of faith. And though we are not yet in that light place, and though we cannot yet sing those songs, it is enough to know that the light is there and the songs are being sung.
The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 103.17)
This is the God who hold us in the darkness and sings into our silence.
Click on this link to watch a video which I find inspiring. You need to read the words written by Steph Macleod, the songwriter, which are beneath the video on this YouTube page. (You have to click on "Show More" to see the whole Text). Watch the video, read the words and know that blessings abound!
The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
Shaw & Royton Circuit of the Methodist Church