Our job, is to trust and to bring glory to God in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, but – you know what? – it’s tough. It would be lovely to write that I know that God is going to preserve us all through this crisis, that he will still the coronavirus storm and that we will be unharmed – but I can’t.
The thing is, those of us who live in the Western world, Christians as well as those who are not Christians have allowed ourselves to place our faith and our confidence in science and our political system. Health, wealth and peace come from a well-ordered society. We’ve, all too often, left God out of the picture, because, frankly, we didn’t need him.
So, while fully complying with the relevant social-distancing advice, get outside for some exercise. Marvel at the leaves starting to grow on the trees, listen to the birdsong and enjoy the last of the daffodils (the tulips will be along soon). Your Heavenly Father made all this and he called it good.
It’s okay for all of the social-media gurus to tell us that we should use this time for learning a new language or a musical instrument. For some of us, just getting to the end of the day in one piece is a triumph.
In which I attempt to identify some of the issues facing mission agencies and their staff.
Tears aren’t necessarily a sign of a lack of faith, they are also a sign of empathy and care for a suffering world.
If Jesus could weep, then so can we.
Tertullian claimed: “It is our care of the helpless, our practice of loving kindness that brands us in the eyes of many of our opponents. ‘Only look,’ they say, ‘look how they love one another!'”