The last few months have been difficult for many people here in Britain and across the world. We have experienced the wettest February for years, bringing floods to many parts of Wales and England with families having to evacuate their home and many of their treasured possessions lost. There have also been floods in other parts of the world, where individuals and governments do not have the help and infrastructure to be able to respond effectively. This came soon after the terrible fires in Australia and America. And then, if that was not enough, we (as I write) have the worry of Coronavirus, how widespread will it be, must we cancel holidays etc. It seems as if the floods and pestilence we read about in the Old Testament are revisiting us. However, I do not think that is the case. The scientific advice is that the floods, fires and viruses are partly our own making. Climate change, due to the ‘misuse’ of our planet and its resources, is now having a devasting effect on peoples’ lives as are these new strains of viruses.
So, in short, we are living in very uncertain times. How do we deal with what is happening around us, how will it get worse (or better) in the future, what can we do? I am sure many of us feel at a loss and perhaps rather afraid.
If we step back 2000 years, the disciples and Jesus’ close friends must have had similar feelings. What was happening? Jesus had been tried on untrue charges and then crucified on the cross on Good Friday. What would happen to them? What did the future hold? It was a very uncertain time, but they stuck together – the disciples and Jesus’ mother and a few other close friends. There was obviously a feeling of security and companionship in being together and sharing the difficult time they were experiencing – there was not much very good about that Good Friday. But it all changed on that first Easter Day with Jesus’ resurrection and we read in Matthews Gospel that he appeared to them and told them that “I am with you always, to the end of the age”. All was not lost and there was a much brighter future than they had feared.
In our difficult and uncertain times, we can stick together and support each other, doing what we can for each other and the world. Remembering always that Jesus is our Saviour and is with us always to the end of the age.
I would like to finish this letter on a personal note. I have been through very uncertain times over the past six months dealing with my cancer. I would like to thank you all for your goodwill messages and prayers. They meant an awful lot to me and really did help during the difficult periods of chemotherapy and post operation.
May God bless and keep you and may you have a very Happy Easter,
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