Monday 22 June

Thought for the day from Buff Forbes Stone

"Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord would be moved to pity by their groaning because of those who persecuted and oppressed them.  But whenever the judge died, they would relapse and behave worse than their ancestors, following other gods, worshipping them and bowing down to them. They would not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways." Judges 2:18,19

In the Old Testament, God’s people have short term memories. Again and again, they would hear God and be obedient when they had strong leadership or in a crisis. But again and again, once the leader died or circumstances had changed, they forgot what God had done for them and reverted to the culture around them, or to their old habits.

Coronavirus has changed us in so many ways. Despite the suffering and tragedy for some, in other situations, we recognise that good things have happened. The crisis has pulled communities together. Changes we knew we should face have been grasped, new ways of worship explored, social action started, needs met.

In the ever-changing situations, despite our exhaustion and frustration, perhaps it’s a priority to pause and consider.

What is the good in this that we want to hang onto?

What have we stopped that we don’t want to restart?

What has God changed in us?

Buff Forbes Stone is the Area Dean for Coventry East

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