Over the next few weeks and months we are aiming to have reflections and other offerings from a wide selection of people from our Church family. Today, Ken & Kay Clark send you these thoughts…
Well, for most of us we are in uncharted waters, our lives have suddenly become very different, I am already chafing at the bit after only a few days of this self isolation business so have decided to write a reflection which I hope will encourage you as we go through this together.
Kay and myself are both in our seventies with underlying health issues so we have to be a little careful, but we are both keeping well. I guess many of you will find yourself in the same situation.
At times like this it is easy to ask where is God, and it will certainly be asked in a critical, sarcastic way by those who don’t have a faith. I find it ironic that those who say they do not believe in God are the first to blame him when things in our society begin to go wrong.
Despite what we see on our televisions and read in the media, God has not changed! Jesus is the same as he ever was, yesterday, today, for ever (Hebrews 13: 8). Indeed, despite all the wonders of our modern society, technology and science it has been something of a shock in the way this virus has brought our world to its knees and shown us how vulnerable we really are.
Perhaps it will make society consider its own mortality with a greater respect and thoughts will turn to God. Indeed it is a time to pray, not only for ourselves but for those who once had a faith and have turned from it, that they will return and for those who have no faith. The church may be restricted physically but God is certainly not.
The church has always risen to the occasion in times of adversity and there is no reason why it shouldn’t at this time but perhaps in a different way. It is a time for reflection, prayer, encouragement of each other, perhaps a time when our faith is deepened and our knowledge of God grows, interestingly it is the Lent season where hopefully these things should be occurring anyway. Indeed this can be a time of great richness in the church.
So please don’t be discouraged, I really want to encourage you not to lose heart Do not to lose faith, do not to let go of God in your life, but take this opportunity to draw close to him. We are loved with an everlasting love. God’s love for us existed before we were born and will exist after we have died. It is an eternal love in which we are embraced. (Psalm 139).
Please feel free to contact us if you need a chat, prayer or just encouragement, we would be glad to hear from you and I’m sure it will benefit all of us.