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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

29 April 2020: Helen Mason, Life Church Petersfield

Hope in lockdown

It is funny how things turn out, isn’t it? There we were living life, going out to work, to school, the gym, meeting up with friends, taking part in or watching sport – then lockdown happened. We sort of knew it was going to happen, but it happened suddenly, changing the shape and rhythm of most of our lives.

These weeks have been interesting, sometimes challenging, and they have certainly taught me a lot about myself – for example I have found that I do not manage as well as I thought without structure to my day, that though I love my family, being with them all the time is not the same as when we go away on holiday together!

With lockdown closing our churches, we have had to find new ways to worship – instead of being gathered we are scattered – and for me this has been tough. I like to process my thoughts by talking, and phones, video calling and emails don’t seem to help me engage.

In Romans people are encouraged to fix their eyes on to the risen Christ, the essence of the Easter message: ‘Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything. I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love.’ I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles… there is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. No power above or beneath us that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!


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