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Thought for the Day by Phil Moon (Vicar)
We often use that don’t we, as a form of ‘goodbye’? But I’ve been struck these last few days that taking care is also utterly Christian.
If, like me, you’ve been reading Ezekiel recently in your quiet times, then you will have read for example, Ez 11:20 “…then they will follow my decrees, and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people and I will be their God.”
Being careful to keep God’s laws is in fact a bit of a theme in Ezekiel – look out for it in the later chapters. But the theme is also there in the New Testament: Ephesians 5:15 “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Italics mine)
And as we come out from the COVID restrictions, I was especially struck by an article by Terry Waite that one of you sent me, in which he said that coming out of trauma is like coming up from the sea bed. Come up slowly, or you’ll be in danger of getting the bends. He might have said, come up carefully. So as a church and as individuals it’s probably a good idea to come out of the trauma of the last 18 months and get back to ‘normal’ slowly, carefully. We know where we’re heading, and I’m posting some more specific things about how we’ll do that within the bulletin. One thing for today – it seems to me that we need to be wise about the pace of recovery, and for some that will be slower than we’d like. For others it’ll be faster. For all of us, though, take care.
Those Red Cards.......
They’re in the backs of the chairs in the church building, and just in case you hadn’t heard, they’re for you to use to reserve a seat near to you, either for a friend coming, or to give yourself a bit of ‘COVID-space’ while in the building.
So if you’re feeling a bit uncomfortable with people sitting too near in these changing times, use the cards in the chair backs to place on the seats around you (as many as you like, within reason!), and that way, others won’t sit too close.
And again, let’s love and respect one another in this. We’ll have different attitudes to the relaxing of the Government guidelines and how we respond to this, so there’s no definitive ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, so let’s love our brothers and sisters, just as we are doing.
I don’t expect we’ll have the red cards for ever. We’ll keep the situation under review, and let you know before we stop using them.
With love to you all,
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