28th March 2020

This Too Will Pass

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”
Psalm 57:1 (NIV)

In the midst of this global pandemic it does feel strange, sometimes comforting and even deeply surreal, that the rhythms of our natural world are proceeding along as predictably as ever.

Early on March 20th the sun crossed the sky along the celestial equator, directly above the Earth’s equator. That meant that both of our Earth’s hemispheres were receiving the sun’s rays equally. Here in the Northern Hemisphere the days are starting to be longer than the nights, and we are beginning to see and to feel it, especially as we gain the extra hour when the clocks go forward tonight.

As Job mused “My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits me…But come on, all of you, try again!…My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near” (Job 17:1, 10-12).

I also think it’s very moving as well as very encouraging during this extraordinary time, to be reminded that we all share our one beautiful world and that, in that well-worn phrase: ‘We are all in this together.’ As Christians, now is even more the time to let the light of Christ shine out. 1 John 2:8 tells us “…its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.”

Yes, I did like the symbolism of the equinox around the Earth, with the sun shining equally on both halves of our beautiful Planet. It reminded me of our common dreams, of our vulnerabilities, and our love for our families as we strive to take care of one another until ‘Even this will pass’…

May the light of Christ shine out of us to bring hope and peace to a world caught in fear and panic.

Study by Tony Goudie

About the Author:
Tony Goudie is the Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation of Grace Communion International

Local Congregation:
GCI Essex
Great Baddow
United Reformed church
High Street
Great Baddow

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 07584-193441
Email: greatbaddow@gracecom.church

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