Monday 18 May

Thought for the day from Archdeacon Sue

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33 verse 27)

12 years ago I broke my ankle which led to me being in plaster, unable to weight-bear for 6 weeks. The break was painful at first and it took some adjusting in order to move round my home – a split-level house on a hill! – and to look after myself. Coming out of plaster was much more painful and hard as I had to learn to walk again and to push myself to progress each day. I did walk the Cumbria Way six weeks afterwards!

I wonder if our current experience of lockdown is a bit like this? Going into lockdown was hard for some and maybe an adventure for others but coming out is more tricky because we have many questions and work as we slowly come to a ‘new normal’. There will be variety of emotions around as we do this with tiredness and anxiety in addition.

The analogy, I believe, ends at this point. The recovery from my broken ankle required a lot of grit and determination as I knew that eventually I could get back to how I was before. As we move forwards, it will not be our grit and determination that is important but rather our faith and trust in our Lord who accepts us, loves us and carries us through – so please be gentle with yourselves at this time and allow God’s everlasting arms to uphold you

Sue Field is the Archdeacon Pastor and a member of the Bishop's Core Staff Team

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Revd Graeme Pringle
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