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Sonia’s article in the August Diary July 28, 2020

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.

Time is out of joint; but we can help and that’s the point.

Well so much for the summer holidays. Instead of a welcome break in routine, with maybe foreign travel, guaranteed sunshine and change from work and studying to enjoying focused family-time, many of us will have the same routines as during the last four months. Stuck at home with fewer distractions, increasing irritation with our nearest and, hopefully, dearest along with limited opportunities for a change of scene. At least the hospitality sector has opened up. Health and money worries, along with social distancing, continue to affect many.

So where is God in all of this?

God is found in random acts of kindness. In the forming of neighbourhood hubs, coordinating help for the housebound and those in lockdown shielding. In health and care workers straining to keep people safe, and get them well, often at great personal cost. In posting silly jokes and cute animal videos on social media to help us smile. In contacting those we can’t meet and giving them virtual hugs. Even in the Government giving grants to cushion businesses from catastrophic shut-downs. God mainly operates through us.

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) wrote:

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

The Lord’s prayer starts:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Caring for our communities, smiling at passers-by, reaching out to those in need, all these are doing God’s will here on earth. God operates through individuals and communities during these times of disjointed living. It is through us that God is in all of this.

Many blessings

Sonia   07747 844265



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