What have you been up to that you wouldn’t normally do? I think that is the question that will occupy a lot of our conversations when we meet again. If you are like me, the stress of having something interesting to say can sometimes add pressure and cause me to feel anxious.
Some responses I have received to a questionnaire include activities like - learning Chinese, learning to paint, cooking more, connecting with family, and being able to rest. These are some excellent activities that I hope we will find time for when the lock-down begins to ease.
There is a purpose in every trial we face. There are benefits in communities and families that happening, that would not possibly have happened without this trial. Are your street doing anything for VE Day on Friday 8th May? The wonderful chip shop, Perfect Plaice in Oswaldtwistle, have agreed to open early so that we could pick up 42 portions of fish and chips. All of our street will, weather permitting, be sat out on our walls, eating together.
My prayer for us all this week is, continue doing all the good things you have started. If you have been praying everyday for those affected by the virus, keep praying. If you have been supporting those in the NHS and other key workers during the crisis, keep supporting. If you have been exercising, baking, reading, learning over this period, persevere. Keep it up!