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Hope deferred?

More waiting    

I am not sure many of us were very surprised at the Prime Minister’s announcement last Monday, we were to remain in restrictions for a further month. and perhaps even longer depending on the spread of the Delta variant of the Covid 19 virus.

There appeared to be an acceptance of the inevitable delay to all restrictions being lifted and a sense that this might not be the end of it even in a months’ time.  Many of us had realised the government and media had been dropping hints this would happen long before the official announcement was made.

Coping with waiting?

There were many mixed emotions expressed by the public particularly the business community, many of whom have suffered severe financial losses as a result of the Pandemic lockdowns.

What really struck me was the ‘depressive’ acceptance of the news I saw and experienced among those I mix with daily.  I saw and met people who were disappointed, happy, accepting, resigned in themselves this was happening and others who simply had lost some of their hope things would ever return to normality again.   How did you take the news of a longer period of restrictions?  What feelings did you have about a further period of restrictions?

“When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be, When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!”

I was reminded of the words to the chorus of this hymn which talks about the joy we have in Christ and the victory won over sin, death and hell.  The story we celebrate each Communion, when we share the bread and the wine, the body and blood of Christ who has saved us and given us eternal life.  We have a hope which is built on a solid foundation with Jesus as the cornerstone.


Jesus gave us this meal to remember him, his body broken on the cross and his blood poured out for us so we can have a renewed relationship with God our Father.

We faithfully remember the story but sometimes we stop at the resurrection and forget one of the most important parts in the story; it is a time limited action.   We do this only until Jesus comes again.  1 Cor 11:26 b., says, “you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Freedom Day

We are living for the so-called pandemic ‘Freedom Day’ when we can sing, dance, meet as many people as we like, attend festivals, parties etc.  Can you imagine the joy that will be expressed at the final announcement all restrictions are lifted?

As Christians we live in the world but are not part of the world, therefore we can be assured by the Lord himself, that whatever happens here on earth we have an eternal hope in the story of the cross, the death, resurrection, ascension and return of Jesus.

Waiting for freedom

I am encouraged and my prayer is that you also will be encouraged in our present situation by the promises in Romans 8:38-39 , “that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor any powers, neither heights nor depth, or anything else in creation will be able to separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

May God bless you,  Anne.



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