I wonder what you are discovering during this extended time of lockdown?
Two things have occurred to me in the past 24 hours. Firstly that I am very dependant on the skills of others. My parents, at a much younger age than I am now, renovated their own house using no outside help other than their trust DIY manual, my mum made clothes for us all (and still does sometimes) and they generally never thought of paying someone to do something before checking to see if they could manage it themselves. My default has always been to pay someone to do the work and if I can't afford it, it simply doesn't get done. I never really thought about it until we were in this situation where suddenly getting someone else to do something isn't possible (except for emergencies of course). I have finally been forced into another level of independance. I've had to work out how to do things that I have never had to do before.
This brings me to the second thing that I have discovered. That I am much more capable than I think I am. I think often half the problem is that we often tell ourselves that we can't do things, that we don't have the skills and so we don't try or start on the road to learning. I have been amazed at how many things have been possible when the only option left on the table is to try. Yesterday I even managed to trim my own hair!
More importantly, as a church we have achieved incredible things during lockdown by simply trying and allowing ourselves permission to get things wrong (or at least for them not to be perfect). We have realised how important each of us are and that church is us - nothing more, nothing less.
Let's keep learning, being creative and trying new things. Lockdown isn't fun and it's certainly worse for some than others but perhaps lockdown could also be like a chrysalis where we emerge as something even more beautiful than we were before.
Take a moment now to recognise that you are in the presence of God. It might help to slow your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and out.
Let’s proclaim together:
We are in the presence of God
who knows our needs,
hears our cries,
feels our pain,
and heals our wounds.
We say together our family prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Today’s reading is Isaiah 55:1-2
Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
- There are lots of metaphors in today’s reading. What do you think the feast is that is being offered here?
- Conversely, what do you think are the things that we labour for that do not satisfy?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, I want to delight myself in the good things that you offer. Help me to discern between what is good and what ultimately does not satisfy. Amen
Pray for those who are struggling financially today
On our church list today we pray for:
Hope Mumbejjah, Nathan Senfuma
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
May the Lord bless us and watch over us,
the Lord make his face shine upon us
and be gracious to us,
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace