From Ben – 15 March

We are living in unprecedented times. Who would have thought, just a month ago, that everybody entering our country would need to self-isolate for 2 weeks and that all large meetings would be cancelled?

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our country and the world in the last 2 months. Yet, as Christians, we are not to give way to fear. We are people of hope and people of faith.

Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea

This is a unique opportunity for us to show Christian love and concern for others. We have been shocked to see the selfishness of some people at this time as they snap up commodities in the shops and stockpile, often depriving others. This is panic and fear. We need to take every reasonable precaution, but we must also be people who are generous and who take an interest in others.

Let us not only show compassion and concern for the vulnerable, but also be people of fervent prayer. History tells us that the Christian church has always shown its true colours in times of national crisis. It was Christians who stayed back in London to serve the needy during the plague and the cholera epidemic in Europe in days gone by. This is our day, our moment, to show calm trust, a Christ centred life and a true desire to help and serve others in Jesus’ name, sharing Christ’s gospel and grace in these days of opportunity.

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