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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

6 May 2020: Rev'd Stephen Wright, Petersfield Methodist Church

A new thing?

The first few weeks of this nationwide lockdown felt completely alien and more than a little overwhelming. As a church minister, I was suddenly being called to work in very different ways to the ways I had been accustomed to doing. Getting my head around new technologies and camera skills isn’t the stuff they taught me at college!

However, things are now starting to settle down, a new kind of normal routine is being established. I’m getting quite used to the general pattern of a day and a week. Our natural world is clearly feeling the benefits of this period of lockdown. The waters in Venice are clear and people have observed all kinds of marine life there which previously would have been unseen. The skies are much clearer from pollution and animals and plants are reclaiming areas humans have taken away from them over the years. Our natural world is breathing a sigh of relief!

In the bible we are told that God establishes new patterns and new norms. Isaiah chapter 43 verse 19 sums this up it says; ‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’

I don’t for a second think that God wants to see His children suffering from this illness, but I do sense that God is at work even amidst the troubling situation we find ourselves in. God’s creation is being renewed.

As a family, we have agreed already to use our car less and to try and live a little bit more sustainably because we can see the clear benefits this time is having on our planet. God can and does make the best of a terrible situation and is calling us to protect the gift of His creation for future generations.

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