Wednesday 24 June

Thought for the day from Stella Bailey

"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"  
(Micah 6v8)

This bible passage has consistently been on my list of favourite quotes. There is something about the author's use of the word ‘mortal’. It is an active reminder of our fragility and vulnerability as human beings.

Never in my life have I been so aware of my own mortality. The 'old normal' meant generally living my life with only a side caution to my health and making sure I was not knocked down when crossing the road. The 'new normal' involves excessively washing my hands and being careful not to come into close contact with other fragile humans I encounter.

The virus has also heightened our understanding of the fragility of the church. I don’t know about you, but working out what church looks like for the over 70s, and having to ask people to step back for a season, has been difficult.

There was a fear that all would grind to a halt. But now we are seeing the green shoots of new growth as the next generation step forward and take responsibility for different aspects of church life. Maybe the Body of Christ isn’t as fragile and vulnerable as first thought, as we walk humbly with God in mission.

Stella Bailey is the Area Dean for Kenilworth