Many people may be feeling shocked today- that things have become so extreme in such a short period of time. Life has gone from normal to surreal in a matter of a few short weeks, and plans which were made carefully months or years ahead have been torn up. We know this happens sometimes. A family is overtaken by illness, or a business collapses, or a relationship suddenly turns sour. However, we are not accustomed to it happening to whole nations and continents all at once. It’s a profoundly disorientating time for many of us and for our neighbours. Those who had university plans, wedding plans, holiday plans- or just plans to carry on as usual.
Right now, we cannot make plans- at least not the sorts of plans we are used to. We can’t plan events for particular dates, because we don’t know when this will end or when we will be free to move around again. We can’t plan what we will do and when.
But we can intentionally plan for how we shall be as a community in the coming weeks and months. And we can plan for how we shall be when all this is over- which- like all things- it will be. We can build new foundations on God’s word to us- the living word, Jesus Christ.
Jesus said “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” Luke 21.33
We can resolve together now to love God and love one another, to deepen our prayer lives and our knowledge of scripture, to make time for people, to practise gratitude.
We can organise together for a better future
Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.
They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.