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A thought to help you find strength in the current uncertainty:


From our Associate Priest, Rev Lucy Ireland

A thought to help you find strength in the current uncertainty:

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?......No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that... nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8.35, 38-39)

These words are often used at funerals but they have a much wider meaning than just at times of bereavement and I have often gone back to them when events threaten to overwhelm me with fear and anxiety. It feels as if we are entering uncharted waters at the moment and I don't want to be glib about the very real and practical worries some are facing, but these words are a strong reminder that we are not alone, there is a source of love and support from one who is infinitely greater than we are. Even death cannot separate us from God's love; life may not be easy or convenient for the next few months and we will need to use every ounce of creativity and goodwill we have to help us get through the challenges, but we are not facing them alone even when we feel alone. Jesus on the cross cried out ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' but that cry opened the way for us to say, confidently, that nothing can separate us from God's love.

Psalms are a good place to find words for prayer, specially at a time of uncertainty, for example:

Psalm 130. 1-4
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice;
Let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
If you, Lord, were to mark what is done amiss,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you shall be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits for him;
In his word is my hope.


If you have a prayer or quote or thought or Bible verse you are finding helpful at the moment, you might like to share it.

The Lord bless and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you, and give you his peace, now and always.



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