DAY 53: Sunday 10 May
DON’T LOOK BACK
Good morning – it’s our 8th Sunday without a Chapel service.
This weekend marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and despite the coronavirus lockdown, the nation has managed to celebrate and remember the cost of the victory. Had times been more normal, the street parties and other virtual gatherings would perhaps not have had the same impact on the people of this country.
As we await the address from the Prime Minister this evening, everyone is undoubtedly wondering ‘what next?’
In our nation at this moment, the majority of people probably fit into one of three mindsets, and each of us this morning may possibly identify with one of these categories:-
1. There are those who look back to how things were and never stop complaining about how hard it is not being allowed to do, or to go, or to meet up as we all used to. This group of people see a future where we simply all go back to how things were before coronavirus.
2. Then there are some who have accepted the current situation, realise they cannot change anything so are not really bothered one way or the other, and if things stay like they are, then so be it.
3. There are some who are enjoying many of the changes (calmer, quieter, less pollution, getting to know neighbours better, etc) that have been forced upon us through circumstances over which none of us had any control, and these people are looking forward to a different and better future with fresh opportunities.
Of course, there are many thousands in our nation for whom the recent and current situation has been truly traumatic, and in some cases, totally devastating; and in those instances these people are burdened with grief and worry. There are many for whom physical, mental and emotional pain has been heightened through these difficult times. We must not forget such and we should be available to be whatever help we can, whether that be practical help or simply picking up the phone to listen to them and offer prayer, possible practical support and certainly encouragement
Our virtual service today includes a talk given 4 years ago at the Chapel by Anne le Tissier, a Christian writer and speaker, and at that time a member of Sutton Baptist Church. She is reminding us that we should not dwell in the past but look forward. The Sunday will come although when we don’t know, when we will be able to meet once again at the Chapel to share in worship and fellowship and enjoy the tea, coffee and biscuits; and Coffee Morning and the ladies and mens meetings and other groups restarting. Or maybe the future will look different to what we have been accustomed for so long?
In the meantime, take note of Anne’s message and determine to look forward, not backward, with the hope of Christ in our hearts. >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21588511
Luke 17:32 - Remember Lot’s wife!
2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!
Philippians 4:11 - I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Luke 9:62 - Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
- As far as we are aware, Sheila is still expecting to be moved to the QE hospital this coming week for heart surgery.
- Also remember Mike Smith is scheduled for surgery on his shoulder tomorrow at Solihull hospital