From Revd Jeanette
August 8th 2020
Jeanette’s Reflection Post Lockdown
Earlier this week, awoken by my alarm, I looked out at the dawning day.
Although it was light, the sun had not broken through the mist that was crawling down from the hills. I pulled the duvet back up, not wanting to face the day
but knowing in my heart I had to move.
In some ways, I think this is how I approached the news that we were able to re-open our churches post lockdown.
I knew we were moving towards the day, and had been preparing for it with cleaning crews and we were ready for the social distancing and other precautions. We were prepared to open, and the day had come, but I approached the hour with some trepidation. There had been safety for my flock in lockdown, but now I was inviting them back and I felt responsible for them in body and in soul.
The thing about the mist, though, is that the sun is still behind it.
Although we cannot see it, it is there in all its warmth and strength. You can catch glimpses of it breaking through and finally it is revealed in all its glory.
I knew that God was in control and not me; I had done what was required and I needed to step back to allow people to gather again in his name.
What a joy it was to fully re-open our doors again, it was like the sun breaking through.
We have now been back inside the church building for a few weeks.
It has been good to gather together in worship and more latterly for Communion.
We have been blessed in that the Island has been Covid free for three months and we have more freedom than other countries.
Not all our church activities have restarted
but we hope that by the time autumn arrives we can do so.
We need to be aware though that we are not the same people as we were before Lockdown. We have all had our individual journeys through the time and we have all had different experiences in our Spiritual life.
We may have missed our church services but we have had the opportunity for a closer, personal walk with God. I doubt whether many of us missed the many meetings that seem to be part of church life!
As we start our corporate journey again, we must seek God’s plans for this place.
What is His mission that we are part of? What have we learnt from our experiences?
Two verses have been on my mind lately, linked with these Post Lockdown reflections.
Firstly, from Psalm 118:
‘This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.’
Whatever it is like when you open the curtains in the morning,
the day is a gift from God and we face it with him
And the other from Isaiah 30:
‘People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.
How gracious he will be when you cry for help!
As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,
“This is the way; walk in it.” ‘
It is God who is leading us forward out of our time of adversity and we must stay focussed on him and listen to his voice.
May God bless us as we move forward in faith together.
19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”