Acts 2 v 1 – 4
As we journey through Easter to Pentecost, we are concerned about what is going to happen next in regard to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing rules, and are treading carefully towards what we hope will be more normal times. It is perhaps significant that this is happening as we approach Pentecost, when the spirit came into the world and those who had been confused, worried and anxious suddenly became able to talk of the future with new clarity, energy and certainty.
My experience during this pandemic is that I am rediscovering truths that I had forgotten and am being reminded about the importance of treating everyone equally. I have been given the opportunity to reset my focus in life making sure it is on God “unveiled”. Two Corinthians 18 tells us when we do that, we will be transformed from one degree of glory to another; as the hymn Love Divine, a favourite of mine, does when it says “changed from glory into glory till in heaven we take our place”.
The pandemic is causing deep distress and sorrow to many who have lost loved ones and their suffering is beyond description. We honour and remember all those that have died, their loved ones left behind, and hold them all close in our thoughts and in our prayers.
This experience is changing our lives in so many ways making it clear that what is important is our relationships with one another and with Jesus, our Lord and master. Continue reading