Reflection for Sunday 24 Jan 2021
Good morning friends
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come… will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Roma
When I was studying for ministry, candidates were encouraged to seek out someone who would be a spiritual guide. A person we could meet with one a month where we would explore together our spiritual journey of faith.
The person I was led to had a slightly different approach to what I had expected.
He suggested we meet each month in a cafe just off George Street, Edinburgh, and over coffee and cake, I spoke and he listened. And..........every single time he would say the same thing..........”So, Liz, tell me, where is God in all of this?”
I have to admit, sometimes this question annoyed me, I used to sit waiting for it to come, trying to think of something “holy” or deeply “spiritual”. to say. And, when I replied, he would say, “hmmmmmmmm?” “really?”
Over and over during our times together I wished I could just be honest and say..................I’m not sure.........I can’t put it into words...........problem was at that time I was too busy trying to make sure the right boxes were ticked and I could “pass” the test..........prove myself worthy of the calling to serve. I was wearing a mask, kidding on I knew all the answers to difficult questions, and trying to kid my guide on too.
Strangely enough, during the last few weeks, that very question has been in my mind more often than not. “Where is God in all this?” and I’ve often thought about contacting that man and ask if he would accompany me once again............
The coroavirus pandemic has been challenging in so many ways. Sickness, death, and fear have spread through individuals and families like wildfire. In these days of separation and isolation from our families and friends, as we listen and watch news reports in this land and further afield, as we wait for a vaccination, as we minister as best we can from a distance, we may wonder, “where is God in all of this?”
But, praise God we have the answer.................for he is right here in the midst of everything, every situation, knowing every need, and holding us close.
How do I know?
I know because day by day, each time I have needed Him, ( and there have been many times like that ) he has whispered words of encouragement in my heart.
“So 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.” (Isaiah 41:10)
This too shall pass.
A prayer from Christian Aid.
God of heaven and earth,
in these times of isolation,
apart from loved ones
distant from friends
away from neighbours
thank you that there is nothing
in all of creation,
not even coronavirus,
that is able to separate us from your love.
And may your love that never fails
continue to be shared
through the kindness of strangers
looking out for each other,
for neighbours near and far
all recognising our shared vulnerability,
each of us grateful for every breath,
and willing everyone to know the gift
of a full and healthy life.
Keep us all in your care.
May God bless you this day,