Friday 22 May

Thought for the day from Sarah Edmonds Maguire

"God has made everything suitable for its time; moreover God has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end."  Eccelsiastes 3:11

Our sense of time in the past weeks has been well and truly messed up. I have no idea how long we’ve been in lockdown or even, sometimes, what day of the week it is.

And when we get to the end, how will we measure the time? How will we measure the pandemic?

To borrow from the musical RENT, will we measure in daylight, in sunsets? In cups of coffee or laughter or tears? Or perhaps in lives lost, or tests taken? In meetings on Zoom or £ and $?

The church is measuring too – in numbers online, or Sundays missed. In finances in jeopardy or food parcels distributed.

But is there a different way to measure the pandemic? If we listen carefully, might we hear God’s summons to measure this time differently? Just as the Biblical exile was a time for God’s people to learn more about themselves and about God, this pandemic might just be the same for us.

How do we measure a pandemic? What is God doing from beginning to end?

Sarah Edmonds Maguire is the Area Dean of Shipston

2020 Spirit-vision

Please consider playing the short video from Bishop Christopher at your morning services this Sunday and next.

Since yesterday we have improved the video quaility, and it can be downloaded from this page...


Best wishes,


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications