23rd March

Dear all – in the streets around my home, everything has been much quieter today than over the weekend. There are noticeably fewer people walking around, and those that are, are clearly making the effort to keep well apart. It seems as if the advice on physical distancing is being heeded at last. I saw something on Facebook that suggested that if two people stood at opposite ends of an adult llama, they’d be about 2m apart. So (if you’re not self-isolating at home), when you’re outside, remember your llama!

The liturgies for Morning and Evening Prayer are always available on the Oremus website.  Each day you can open the liturgy for yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Visit oremus.org/cofe.html
Don’t forget you can download the C of E’s ‘Daily Prayer’ app for free if you have a smartphone. And if you have the technology, you can join me on Facebook at 9am and 4.30pm (or watch later if that suits you).

I’ve seen this poem by Kitty O’Meara a lot on social media. It’s hard, when we’re used to being in control and making our own choices, to have that taken away from us. But in every crisis there is an opportunity. I wonder what God wants to say to us through this?

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply.

Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows.

And the people began to think differently. And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed. 

Stay safe. You are all in my prayers.
With every blessing