by Revd Martijn Mugge
Thank you visiting our new website. These past weeks and months have been challenging times for us all, and although the number of people dying from Covid-19 has started to come down, many people have lost their lives and there could still be worse to come. The question that has been on my mind from the beginning of the lockdown is what advice I ought to give at a time like this. I was encouraged to see that my thoughts on this haven't really changed since the start of the pandemic, and so let me share with you what I wrote then:
The first is obvious: follow government advice.
Be aware. Keep safe. Maintain social distancing. And of course wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. Stay indoors if you have a cough or flu symptoms, or if you are elderly or particularly vulnerable. If you are young and well, then perhaps this is an area where you can help. Are there people you could call to check they are okay, or to see whether they need any shopping?
My second advice: pray.
Whatever your situation, God loves you and cares about you, so let Him know how you feel and what’s on your mind; He will nourish and sustain you. And pray for healthcare workers, the vulnerable and those who are financially insecure or worried about having to take time off.
My third and last advice may come as a surprise: make peace with God.
Sadly there is yet no cure for Covid-19 and undoubtedly many more will die. But there is a cure for death itself. You and I were made by God to be loved by God and to live forever. One day you will face God’s judgement against everything that has been wrong in your life. But forgiveness is available through Jesus Christ, who died for your wrongs so that you might be forgiven by God and receive eternal life. The Bible says: “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” It is never too late to seek God’s forgiveness, until your time here on earth is up. Then it will be too late. And so respond now, make peace with God and ring me so I can help you on your newly found relationship with Jesus. I’d love to hear from you.