I’m writing this during Easter. We celebrate Jesus Christ risen from the dead. Jesus offers new life and new hope. We need both in abundance.
It is, therefore, great to turn to the Handy Mag website and Facebook page and read about the amazing work being done throughout Ryedale by so many volunteers, community workers, traders, farmers, carers and NHS workers. I hear these stories first-hand, many going the extra mile to help those suffering from Covid-19, those struggling with the lockdown and those who are vulnerable. Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart.
So many of us need hope for the future. ‘When will it end?’ we ask. When you’re reading this the lockdown might have ended but most likely it’ll have reached a new phase. We will still be concerned for our families, friends, businesses and communities.
One of the key stories of Easter is that told by Luke (Luke chapter 24 verses 13 to 35). The risen Jesus meets Cleopas and another disciple that first Easter morning. It tells us about how God in Jesus not only loves us but is also with us. Luke describes Cleopas asking Jesus to stay with them. And he does! When we ask God, will God come and ‘stay’ with us? YES! God will be with us.
This unique emergency in the life of our nation, reminds us to reach out to one another with compassion and support. God reaches out to us and will bring wisdom and insight to keep us going – and provide people who will support us to keep going. Stay connected – to God and to one another – physically at 2m distance, by phone, by Facebook, by Zoom and by the Handy Mag!
Here is a prayer you might like to use:
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.