DAY 17: Saturday 4 April TOGETHER
Good morning all
Acts 2:44-45 - All the believers were together. They shared everything they had. They sold property and other things they owned. They gave to anyone who needed something.
Whilst most of us are doing the ‘right thing’ by staying indoors, avoiding unnecessary contact with other people, including family, and only going shopping for essentials once a week, there is a lot of ‘togetherness’ going on between Chapel folks. We may not be meeting together in the usual ways and places, but our hearts and minds are together through this current crisis.
We know that some of you are making a point of calling a specific number of people each day whilst some are on Facebook or other social medium platform. Unlike any previous national crisis and enforced isolation because of plague or war, this time we can keep in touch thanks to modern technologies. But let us not forget those of our number who do not have access to technologies other than a phone – these dear people must feel particularly lonely when they watch TV reports with families talking to each other over video links. We know, or we can guess which of the people from Chapel groups probably only have a phone for contact – let’s give them an encouraging call.
Despite the restrictions that currently prevent us getting together in the physical context, we are together in mind, heart and spirit. It’s also a fact that over the past 2000 years, the only factors that have restricted the growth of the Christian church has been apathy or division. Over centuries from the times of the Romans, rulers and dictators have tried to eradicate Christianity but despite horrendous suffering and persecution, the church has grown. We’ve seen attempts to suppress the church in Russia, China, countries in the Middle East and many other places – Click here to see current list >>> https://worldwatch.opendoorsuk.org/persecution/world-watch-list/?_ga=2.223135131.1648360012.1585992279-252471967.1585992279
For us, normal Chapel life may be on hold but the life of Christ continues to live through us in caring and serving others in whatever ways are possible and when these trials are over, our church and witness to the people around us will be stronger and more effective.
But we are also aware of those of you who are still faithfully running errands and delivering essentials for others – thank you - but please continue to be careful to wash your hands, keep your distance and avoid unnecessary journeys.
Galatians 6:9 - Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up.
Let us please take note of the official instructions to NOT TRAVEL over this weekend and to remind our families too. If too many of the population disregard this, particularly over the next 24 hours, the country will probably be faced with enforced lockdown as in other countries and we won’t be allowed out at all, even for daily exercise.
Email from Sally - Hi all,
Update on Ellen, she is working extra shifts mainly due to the fact they are short staffed and at present she is young and fit, I just hope the full protection kit is there for her to change on a regular basis on a 12 hour shift.
Edward has now moved out of Brooklyn where they live in New York as where they are is within very very close proximity to a large hospital. This has been causing them serious concern as the queue of people waiting for Coronavirus testing comes right past their house. However, they are fortunate to own a holiday home about 2 hrs drive in the mountains of Phoenicia, upstate New York. They waited in Brooklyn for their delivery of baby milk and nappies and are now safely in the mountains with their 2 children. Thank you for praying and thinking of distant families.
Linda Smith has texted to say that Rose phoned her yesterday to say she had just been discharged from hospital. She is feeling quite weak after being in hospital for the past 2 weeks but carers are coming in to her 3 times a day. Obviously, Rose can’t receive any other visitors at this time so to get a few phone calls each day would be good.
MAKE YOU SMILE: - from… (you guessed it!) Linda Lord
A mechanic who worked from home had a dog called Mace. Mace had a bad habit of eating all the grass on the mechanics lawn. So the mechanic had to keep Mace indoors and the grass eventually become overgrown.
One day the mechanic was working on a car outside and dropped his wrench losing it in the long grass. He couldn’t find it anywhere so decided to call it a day.
That night Mace escaped from the house and ate all the grass outside. The next morning the mechanic went outside and saw his wrench glinting in the sunlight.
Realising what had happened he looked up to the heavens and proclaimed -
“A grazing Mace, how sweet the hound that saved a wrench for me”.
Just in case you forgot:
If God had a fridge your picture would be on it.
If God had a wallet your picture would be in it.
He sends you flowers every Spring and a sunrise every morning.
When you want to talk, He will listen
He could live anywhere in the universe, but He chose your heart.
Enjoy the rest of your day, and remember – DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO GO TO THE COUNTRYSIDE THIS WEEKEND – stay indoors / stay safe / avoid infecting others.
Wesley & Karen