The Readers Write:
What a topsy-turvey, ‘Alice in Wonderland' sort of world we are living in today! We are beset about with
Covid-19, 40 odd thousand people have lost their lives, our churches have been closed and we have been ‘locked-down.'
The streets and open spaces remained empty.
Lock-down is now being eased somewhat and the
sensible thing would seem to be to tread warily, maintain a safe (British) distance from each other and be considerate to
What happens - riots! Mobs tearing down statues; mobs trying to defend statues and yet
more mobs fighting the police. Behaviour that is more or less guaranteed to bring about a second peak of Covid-19.
In May 1940, with the country on the brink of defeat, King George VI called for a National Day of Prayer - and millions
of people across the nation flocked to cathedrals and churches. Less than a month later there was a National Day of Thanksgiving!
What happened? The power of prayer?
Of course, we do not need church buildings in order
to pray. But they are a great incentive to pray and a great aid to prayer. Yet when we were faced with a national emergency
of our own the churches were quick to close. Given the chance, would we have flocked to our churches to pray for God's
protection? I wonder.
In the Book of Deuteronomy when referring to a corrupt and immoral nation
(in those days it wasn't us!) God said; "I will forsake them .... and many evils and troubles will befall them so
that they will say at that time .... ‘Have not these disasters come upon us because God is no longer protecting us?'"
Lock-down is now slowly easing and the churches, even more slowly, are beginning to re-open; but only for private
prayer and even then for only two, four or six people at any one time
But open they will, and
hopefully soon; and for more than the odd two or four supplicants. And to add to this glimmer of hope there is some good news.
When we started lock-down it appeared that we were beginning yet another interregnum. Now that we are coming out
of lock-down we are greeted with the good news that the Rev Sue Stanley is now our Rector-designate.
be to God.
Yours in Christ