What have we learnt? Covid and the last year.

Over the last year since the start of the Covid pandemic there has been much in the press about the affects on society. We have seen that there are many people who are anxious, feel alone and worried about the future. So I looked on the Internet for the Christian response to the Pandemic. I was not surprised to see that there were many articles to suggest that the Christian Church as a whole has failed in this time.  In the first Lockdown the Churches were asked to close and there was no public worship. As the infection rate went down the Churches could open for private prayer. In the recent lockdown many places of worship have remained open although the infection rate being a lot higher. I have maybe been a thorn in peoples sides by asking why. I even wrote to the Cardinal  to ask him why. I argued that they should be left shut because of the demographic that tend to go. I got a standard reply back. When I looked in newsletters I read many times about how to give your collection and t

The smile of God

  The smile of God Last    nights dream    We are loved into being. When we were created God smiled he saw and he loved what he had created. He held us in the palm of his hand. He gasped and enjoyed what he had created.    When we laugh and enjoy life he smiles and enjoys our fun. When we call upon him he smiles and listens gently. When we are hurting in distress and far from his smile he hold us with a gentle smile of encouragement. When we feel alone and hopeless he smiles and sends people to us to smile at us to do his work and help us. He recognises that life can sometimes be overwhelming. This is called being human. In these times he sends someone an angel with a dirty face just to help us. God smiles because he sees others doing his smiling for them. Sometimes we cannot see things to smile at. In these times we have to look more carefully and see the things that we are grateful for. The small things that will help us to see the smile of God. When we get things wrong    when relat

Hope V Anxiety Lockdown 3

This Lockdown feels different from the other one in March, I am not sure I count the lockdown in November as so much was still open, I don't know if anyone else has felt the same? I was trying the other day to think why it did feel so different. I think that there are a few things that has made this so different. The first thing is the weather.  In the previous lockdown I was able to sit outside with my books and a cup of tea. The warmth of the weather meant that the days were filled with reading and lovely walks in the park and discovering new walks in the local area. This time with the cold weather the feeling is different. With the new Variant of the virus we are seeing numbers of infections growing everyday. The fear and anxiety is shown to us of the number of those in hospitals and those who have died.  I must say sometimes when I watch the news I feel a certain amount of dread and Hopelessness. With the national anxiety there are also personal and individual anxieties going o

Holy land 2013

Something I learnt from my trip to the Holy Land back in 2013 May God bless you with discomfort At easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships, So that you may live deep within your heart May God bless you with anger At Injustice, oppression and exploitation of people. So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace   May God bless you with you with tears To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war. So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them, To turn their pain into joy And may God bless you with enough foolishness To believe that you can make a difference in the world, So that you can do what others claim cannot be done, To bring justice and kindness to all God's wonderful Children.

World is a strange place

 Over the last few months we have seen a lot of change in our lives. The things that we have taken fro granted have been taken from us. From a simple trip to the pub people are writing up the risk factor. We live from moment to moment day by day things have happened so fast.  In this second wave, which I don’t believe will be as bad as the first we are looking for people to blame. From tack and trace to the slow start to the app to the eat out to help out. Over the summer many, including myself, have put the virus to the back of my mind and got on with life as best as possible.  Now it is back on the news as the main headline. We are all waiting for the next set of restrictions to our lives. So what should we do? How should we react?  First of all can I suggest that we in the words of Dad Army “don’t panic.” That we continue to keep space, wash our hands and Wear a mask when we are asked to. We continue to do the basics and do them well. Keep ourselves safe and therefore by doing that

What have we learnt in this time This poem that I was sent a few days ago looks at what this time has taught us about ourselves and the world around us. So I put this question out there for others to ponder. There were many responses but down in this blog Im going to look at some of the points that they had made. One of the things that you heard a lot was that there was little time. We lived in a world that was fast paced and always on the move. Everyone was in a hurry sometimes barging through you to get to their destination a few minutes earlier than they expected to before. Suddenly with the lock down measures we had to change over night. The last paced way of life suddenly for many of us became a lot slower. This meant that people suddenly discovered time. The sudden stoping of normal life meant that there had to be a new pace to life.  The world that was outside became inside. We have seen reports that people have had time to reconnect with themselves and learn to breath a little.

Death in Lockdown

A few days ago I watched the BBC News to watch a very moving piece about  a Woman who had died whose family had placed a yellow heart in the window. They posted it on Facebook and it has been an opportunity for other grieving families to reach out and help each other through their difficult time.  In my previous blog I mentioned the taboo about Death in society as a whole. I have witnessed many times the uncomfortable nature about talking about death. I remember one person telling me not to mention that their loved one had died that in fact they had just gone out into another room for a while. This was not the first time I had encountered peoples uncomfortable nature about death. I spoke to one lady a few years ago who had just lost her husband. I asked her how she was coping and how hard it was that they had died. She assured me it was ok and showed me her handbag. " Not a problem" she said " he's always with me he's never gone away" In side the handbag w