It is an uncertain time for us all, life has changed from the normal and it is changing more everry day. Many of our routines have gone and it seems that we cannot rely upon those things which we once took for granted.
It may be the empty supermarket shelves, the constant changing news, the fear of the unknown. Perhaps it is the need to self isolate, or social distance that is troubling, no longer seeing people like we used to. The COVID19 elbow bump is no subsitistue for the warmth of a handshake or the closeness of a hug.
Here in the vicarage life is oddly different, my once full diary now devoid of the meetings and services I was expecting to lead, the phone is however in constant use as are our digital chanels as we try and reach out to those around us in a new way.
I want to share with you part of this mornings New Testament reading from the letter to the Hebrews Chapter 6 “take hold of the hope set before us …. we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast”. The words are dear to me as a former boy and officer of The Boys’ Brigade, it was our motto and the strains of “Will your Anmchor hold” still run through my head, I remember every word to this day.
Let these words be your security too, they are about the certainty of Gods promise to us through Jesus Christ. The routines may have gone, the shelves may be empty, the shoulder bump lacking warmth and the social contact limited …. yet we do “have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the bilows roll, fatsened to a rock whcih cannot move, grounded safe and sure in the saviours love”
Yours until tomorrow, sure and steadfast in Christ