If I could meet up with you in person, I would greet you with a big smile and say “hello” and “how nice it is to see you”. We would chat over a cup of tea or coffee and tell each other stories of how we are managed during lockdown!
The time will come when we will be able to move to living a more ‘normal’ life, like a tortoise coming out of hibernation, we will begin to enjoy being with each other again.
This whole experience that we are living through is very challenging and life changing. We would never have imagined that we would not be able to visit or hug our loved ones, or attend worship, sing hymns and share in Holy Communion. When loved ones have died, we have not had the chance to say good bye in the ways we would have liked.
As we move forward, I think we will not take things for granted, as we may have done in the past.
The future is always uncertain, but it is in God who we put our trust. This has always been the case, even for the disciples of Jesus.
I wonder how the followers of Jesus felt when Jesus died on the Cross? They would have felt completely devastated and faced a very uncertain future. Yet, they supported each other, prayed and continued to trust in God, even though their hearts were breaking.
In John’s Gospel we have that lovely account when Mary visited the tomb of Jesus, she is overcome with grief and probably anger when she suspects that the body of Jesus has been stolen. Mary is so distressed that she mistook Jesus for the gardener and did not recognise him until he said ‘Mary’ and she was overcome with joy as she realised it was Jesus.
We continue to put our trust in Jesus, he comes to us and calls us by our name and offers us comfort and hope. Listen for him calling you and be comforted and filled with joy, as Mary was.
Take care and may God’s blessings be upon you.
Yours in Christ
Revd Ruth Jackson