You may feel that in lockdown you’ve been locked literally in your homes or in your work. Maybe we have been living much too fast, too restlessly, too feverishly, forgetting to pay attention to what is happening here and now, right under our nose. There’s an irony that sometimes, though we’re forced into doing very little, our minds are racing with worries, thoughts, and anxieties. Yet, as we move into June we’re called to remember that there’s a whole world of beauty to be rediscovered in one flower, so the great grace of God can be tasted in one small moment. Just as no great travels are necessary to see the beauty of creation, so no great visions are needed to discover the love of God. But you have to be still and wait so that you can realize that God is not in the earthquake, the storm, or the lightning, but in the gentle breeze with which he touches your back or the sunlight on you or the scent of a flower or the fellowship of finally hugging ones loved ones. As lockdown is rolled back we pray that we will do two important things. Firstly, we’ll celebrate our newfound freedom to live and move among other people, sharing in friendships which may have been put on hold or certainly been shared from a great distance. Yet also I think we also need to keep that special place within where we can meet the Crucified and Risen Lord. Where we can find people and stillness. Some call this mindfulness, others contemplation. But post Covid we are called to be more balanced in being active and being contemplative. Post Covid could we be more loving, sharing more with love and joy with those who have nothing? Also, could we be more tolerant with each other and more open to celebrating the simple things in life. Now our church buildings are open and as safe as we can make them may I once more invite you to join us if you so wish or simply to come when they are open and rest awhile from the business of life. Finally, please know that you are all in the prayers of our church communities. We remember your loss and we celebrate your new life post Covid. May peace and love be seen more fully in all our communities.
God bless you all and your loved ones.
Revd Stephen Monk