Whilst typing, I am also settling down to catch the final of the IPL cricket tournament which finishes today on November 10th. Whilst not taking place in the setting shown above, it it nevertheless both out of season, and being hosted not in the atmospheric grounds situated around India, but in a sterile and empty stadium in Dubai. It is different, but reassuringly the same and currently the Mumbai Indians look like winning once again!
In a similar way, in this continued rollercoaster of changing restrictions and new opportunities, we are all having to re-invent the way we do certain things, with some activities taking place in unusual surroundings, and at different times. So for example, over the years I’ve developed a bit of an seasonal pattern concerning my responsibilities as tutor for Westcott House, with the summer period being particularly busy with student placements up here, and down time happening at this time of year. However this time round it’s been very different with no students physically up present with me since before Easter. However the use of Zoom has ensured that I’ve recently been in touch with the community in Cambridge a lot more, by teaching and preaching in what would have been a quieter part of the year.
I wonder how such uncertainty has impacted our respective spiritual lives (which also might pass through a variety of seasons each year)? I for one find praying a lot easier when in the company of others, but this has proved a challenge in these present times. Give thanks once again then for the wonders of technology. As well as connecting us in the presence of God each Sunday, we’ve decided to re-introduce midweek prayer through Zoom, sharing together a simple set of prayers and sentences, with space to reflect together on a passage from scripture. If you are able to, do consider joining Jess, myself and others tomorrow (Wednesday morning @ 10am), as we break up a long week between Sundays, and meet up together half way to pray. (Meeting ID: 868 4973 6045. Passcode: 457235).
Yes, it’ll be different, but as it is the same God that we encounter, it will also be reassuringly the same.
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Keep the faith