Another month has gone by with all its restrictions. We have had VE Day, but instead of it being a real day of celebrating VE Day, everything was very muted. Someone I know has a business in the wider Carnforth area, but now actually lives in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. This was the only part of the British Isles to be occupied.
Mike had got home from England before the lockdown commenced.
He has said that living in Guernsey under lockdown does give some idea of what it must have been like to live there under occupation, but, even so it was far worse for the islanders at that time.
Now, we can take more exercise than the once a day of a month ago. My dog has appreciated being taken for walks twice a day for the last few days. I could tell from his attitude that he could not understand why we were not going out more.
However, for we living in a rural area, what a pleasure it has been this year with the good weather to see everything burst into leaf and the spring flowers come into bloom. A lot of gardens have had a lot more attention than usual. We do have a lot for which to be thankful.
Those of the URC who have computers and receive emails do receive a thought for the week from the Rev Eileen John. Below is a copy of the thought from 3 May.
Thought for the week – 3-5-20
Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his love is eternal Psalm 136: 1.
Psalm 136, invites us to give thanks to the Lord. Why? Because he is good and his love is eternal. At the moment, this might be unpalatable to some due to all the pain and challenge the world is experiencing because of the global pandemic. Yet, this psalm like many others, do not deny the existence of tough and challenging situations – what it does is express a deep conviction that God is good, and ultimately his purpose will prevail. Through all the highs and lows, and in every situation, God can work things out and bring blessing in his own perfect timing.
Like the psalmist, we can be very honest and open with God when life hurts, and times are challenging. Equally like the psalmist, we must also find reasons to be thankful. There will always be things we cannot explain, suffering and challenges that seems to have no greater purpose. But in hope we must leave some questions unanswered, trusting that God is present in our doubts and our faith, and in his own timing he will make things plain. So, we give Him thanks for he is good and his love endures forever:
O Give Thanks
Q – What give God thanks for everything, whatever may befall …. whatever the dark clouds may bring?
A – Yes, give God thanks for all, for safe he leads thee, hand in hand
Q – What thank him for the lonely way…for the path which day by day seems farther off from heaven?
A – Yes, thank him, for he holds thy hand and leads thee…
Close, close he shields thee from all harm. And if the road be steep, then know his everlasting arm, in safety doth thee keep.
Although you cannot understand the windings …Trust him and keep fast his hand.
(BS in ‘The Christian Treasury’ 1865)
Stay Safe and blessings!