Update from our Pastors Andy and Andrea Freeman:
A week on and our country seems almost unrecognizable. Life as we knew it is definitely on hold. And in it all I wonder if we ever look at the priorities that we previously held and question the validity of them? Whether life really is about manic activity, about fun and being entertained, about our ‘rights’ and what we ‘deserve’ to have? It seems that coronavirus has no respect for these things – it is indiscriminate in it’s approach, touching lives here and there, changing forever the lives of some people.
And yet, in the middle of the silence, I hear the birds sing – the sound having been muted by the noise of heavy traffic for so many years. I see the beautiful Yorkshire country with different eyes on my one allowed walk a day, and I value seeing police on the street trying to keep us safe amongst many other things. The value we place on humans have also changed, a re-defining perhaps of who we class as ‘stars’ and ‘heroes’. Priorities change in times of challenge, and the mundane everyday things become exceptional and are cherished.
In these days of trouble, it is nice to find something that seems to be the same. I love coming down to our church building – although everything is different and I miss the constant buzz of people coming and going, there is some comfort in the warmth and familiarity that it brings. And home is always a good place to retreat to. But we can have so much more than that. The Bible says that Jesus is the same ‘yesterday, today and forever’. And it is because of this that I have hope and a real peace. In Isaiah 41:10 God says “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Psalm 94:19 says that “when anxiety was great within me, your (God’s) consolation brought joy to my soul.”
Maybe today you are anxious. Maybe you are desperate for hope, joy and peace despite the situation and circumstances.
And maybe you are looking for answers in the wrong places.
It is possible to have hope, joy and peace today because it is possible to know God the Father through Jesus.
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