DAY 5: Monday 24 March STAY ENCOURAGED AND GRATEFUL
Hi everyone – trust you are all rested and perhaps even beginning to enjoy the new peace (except in the supermarket!)
I was walking the dog in Rectory Park; there were several people in different directions some distance away and then all of us looked upward! It was an aircraft on its approach to the airport. Just one week ago nobody would have even noticed but we’ve now got used to quieter skies.
Spring arrived last week and Karen received the following -
It was March 2020 ... The streets were empty, the shops closed, people couldn't get out.
But Spring did not know, and the flowers began to bloom, the sun shone, the birds sang, the swallows would soon arrive, the sky was blue, the morning arrived early.
It was March 2020 ... Young people had to study online, and find occupations at home, people could no longer go shopping, or go to the hairdresser. Soon there would be no more room in hospitals, and people continued to get sick. But Spring did not know, the time to go to the garden arrived, the grass greened.
It was March 2020 ... People have been put in lockdown. to protect grandparents, families and children. No more meetings, meals or family celebrations. The fear became real and the days were therefore similar. But Spring did not know, apples, cherry trees and others bloomed, the leaves grew.
People started reading, playing with their families, learning a language, singing on the balcony inviting neighbours to do the same, being supportive and focusing on other values. People realized the importance of health, of suffering, of this world that had stopped, of the economy that has plummeted. But Spring didn't know. the flowers gave way to the fruit, the birds made their nest, the swallows had arrived.
Then the day of liberation came, people found out on TV, the virus had lost, people took to the streets, sang, cried, kissed their neighbours, without masks or gloves.
And that's when Summer came, because Spring didn't know. He continued to be there despite everything, despite the virus, fear and death. Because Spring didn't know, he taught people the power of life. Everything's gonna be fine, stay home, protect yourself, and enjoy life.
Chapel life may have ground to a halt but we are still in touch by email, phone and text. The same Spirit that draws us to God also draws us to each other and that is most demonstrated by the love shown between us. The 1st century church of believers became noticed by the world not because of their preaching, or for great times of worship and teaching. A world of non-believers and sceptics could not help but notice this group of Christians because of the incredible spirit of love that existed between them. The people of the city would comment ‘See how these Christians love one another!’
Through our troubled days of isolation, loneliness, food shortages and fears, we need a certain hope to hold on to. 'God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in troubled times. Therefore, we will not fear...' (Psalm 46:1-2)
I had comments yesterday how you enjoyed singing along to Freely, freely… so here’s another song for you to enjoy and singalong. It’s not a professional recording – it’s us singing one Sunday morning back in January accompanied by the keyboard, cello and Barbara’s tambourine. A week ago the residents of Italy were filmed singing from their balconies and rooftops – maybe the Christians of Falcon Lodge Chapel will be heard singing joyfully??
Linda Lord has sent the following request:
Katie and Chris are stuck in New Zealand. No planes to England as no airports will let them refuel on the way back. They have been in touch with the embassy over there and even Andrew Mitchell. There could be a chance of a military plane as they are allowed to refuel at airports but it could be a long wait. They are fine but we are worrying about them. Linda
Karen keeps in contact with Viv Kiely by phone, but this morning Viv said she was missing the Chapel but didn’t have anybody else’s phone numbers. She’s OK but it would be nice to call at some time, just to encourage and let her know she isn’t forgotten.
I spoke this morning to Caroline Bunn from Glover Rd who lost her husband a few weeks back and has been coming to our Coffee Mornings and John’s bereavement group at St Giles. She is OK but those of you who know her and have chatted at the Coffee Morning, it might be nice to call her and say ‘hello’
We did suggest last week that the Chapel would be open for half an hour Tuesday morning for any of you knitters to collect additional wool. We’ve now decided that is perhaps not a good idea for social distancing reasons, so if you need some wool, give Karen a call and either someone will arrange to meet you there or if you know exactly what you need, we could deliver to your doorstep.
Keep in touch