|Published by Zoe Bell on Thu, 30 Apr 2020 19:20|
We are now over a month into the lockdown, and although there are signs that some of the restrictions which have been constraining us may be lifted soon, it is likely that our lives will continue to be significantly affected for some time to come. It is at times such as these that we are called to draw upon the resources of goodwill that exist within our families and network of friends, and, most importantly, our own inner resources.
The Apostle Paul writing from prison to the congregation that he had founded in Macedonia said this:
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4: 10-13).
Paul like us, although in a different context, was 'socially-distanced' and needed to rely on God for his strength and support, in prayer, moving inwards to that 'still point' where God and the image of God within us all meet. I do encourage you to take the opportunity, perhaps unique, to attend to your spiritual lives, in prayer and study, in which connection ...
I encourage you to take advantage of the vast number of resources easily available on internet, e.g. the free Daily Prayer app available free from the Church of England (cf. https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer) and Richard Rohr (an American Franciscan friar and perhaps one of the leading writers in English on the Christian spiritual life)'s Daily Meditations from the Centre for Action and Contemplation (CAC) for which you can sign up free of charge (https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/).
I would also encourage you, if you never have, to read C.S Lewis (author of the 'Narnia' chronicles)'s classic introduction to the Christian faith Mere Christianity, cheap in paperback and only 99p on Kindle (cf. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mere-Christianity-C-S-Lewis/dp/B086PTB7KS/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=mere+christianity&qid=1588155048&sr=8-1).
Remember that you can access Morning Prayer from Daily Prayer led by me every day as well as Richard Rohr's daily meditation on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCACjjURk6r8DIyyiW921wzg? and the Church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BerkswellChurch/
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With my love and best wishes