Friday 24 April

Thought for the day from Archdeacon Sue

"As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience." Colossians 3 v12

A week into the second phase of ‘lockdown’, we are seeing many signs of anxiety about the future as people come to terms with the reality that, even if some elements of the current restrictions are lifted, we will not be able to return to life as it was two months ago. For those living with domestic abuse and for those who live in poverty, this is terrifying. For others, there is the realization that we may not want to return to life as it was as, in this period of restriction, we are rediscovering the strength of community and the value of relationships.

Community and relationship form the heart of our Christian gospel and I have been greatly encouraged hearing from clergy, Readers and churchwardens of the many creative ways in which churches in this Diocese are engaging with their communities and are enabling the building and strengthening of relationships across their parishes. The verse above in Paul’s letter to the Colossians from Morning Prayer today reminds us of our calling to embody and live out those qualities of relationship in our lives and to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Archdeacon Sue is the Archdeacon Pastor

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