rAs I sat and watched the news today, I suddenly felt very weary. Motivation had drained away. It's all so unsettling - what's the point of preparing for Sunday when we don't even know if we'll be allowed to meet?
What about you?
I wonder how you're feeling as you watch the news or hear everyone talking about coronavirus: tired, weary, discombobulated (I love that word!)? Frightened, depressed, anxious for yourself or someone you love? Worried about your investments as shares plummet? Worried about your job and how you'll pay the bills?
There is so much to worry about, so many things to fear.
So I've started this blog - and I'll ask our Assistant Minister, Phil, to contribute too. As with everything at St Peter's, I want it to address the significant issues we all face - whether they be emotional, intellectual or practical. And we'll do this as we reflect on our own Bible reading and prayer. I hope you'll begin to see how the Holy Spirit speaks through Scripture into life, and how our lives benefit from being shaped into the likeness of Jesus through his word.
If it gets to the stage where we're not allowed to meet together on Sundays, we'll suggest some Bible readings, post a short sermon and some links to hymns or songs.
We won't promise to blog each day - perhaps a few times each week (when we have something to write!).
In the meantime, do pray for those who are especially fearful, and for those who will face real financial hardship if they're made redundant. Pray that they will know the very real presence of Christ by his Spirit. As Jesus himself prayed, "I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:26
Yours in that love of Christ