Three weeks ago life was fairly normal: people were going to work, students were going to school, sport was still being played and church services were still taking place. Much has changed during this time and more change is on the way. We are in the midst of a global event that has the potential to impact almost everyone on the planet in some way. It is natural for fear and anxiety to come to the surface as our lives are so profoundly changed – physically, economically, socially and emotionally.
I received a greeting card last year which had written on the front a statement to remember whenever we are going through any especially difficult time: ‘This too will pass’. Today we hold onto that hope.
I was speaking with someone yesterday who said, ‘It feels like what I think Easter Saturday would have felt like. I know that Sunday is coming, but I don’t know when.’ The disciples were understandably anxious and fearful on Easter Saturday. The unbelievable had happened – their friend, their inspiration, their hope was gone and they were feeling very vulnerable. Even though God was not visible and things appeared out of control, God was present and working to fulfil his purposes. Faith in God can help ease our fears. Reaching out and expressing kindness can help shift the focus of our thinking and being wise in the precautions we take can help us stay healthy.
I close with a verse found in Psalm 46: ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble, therefore we will not fear.’ We need a refuge, we need strength, we need help and we need to ease our fears. May we discover God’s grace during these difficult days of social and emotional upheaval
My prayers, and those of Janine and Scott, are with the Carey community. May God keep you safe and may you discover unexpected blessings during this time, and remember, this too will pass.
Senior School Chaplain