29th April 2020

Shine a Light in the Darkness

“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Matthew 5:16 (NLT)

As you know, people over the age of 70 years have been advised to ‘ stay safe and stay home.’ One of the current buzzwords is ‘ social-distance’. A lot of these people are Grandparents and this means for the next 12 weeks ( or more ), they will not be able to hug or kiss their ‘ bundles of joy,‘ no matter how old they may be. HOW AWFUL!

The terrible reality of this pandemic is that some of our elderly people might not be with us in 12 weeks time for reasons other than Covid-19. This brings me to my own special story. Mum and I are fortunate enough to live a very short distance from 4 of her 6 grandchildren. Her house was always buzzing with grandchildren calling in to see her. They would tell her all about school, and keep her up to date with the latest news. In turn, she delighted in feeding them all, just to ensure they were not ‘starving to death!’

However, we as a family, are committed to keeping our social distance. I know this is grievous for Mum as her grandchildren are used to calling to see her and this was a BIG part of her life. We decided to use ‘facetime’ so that at least we could chat face-to-face, even though, depending on the position of the mobile/tablet, she sometimes ends up inspecting their nostrils!

Anyway, last night Mum agreed with her youngest grandchild that she would go to her front door at 9.00pm. He would go to his bedroom window (from where he can see his Granny’s house). When the clock struck 9.00pm, out she went with a little torch in hand, and waved it through the darkness. What a surprise she got when, in turn, 1, 2, 3, 4 little lights started shining as All the children switched their mobile phone torches on and waved back! HOW WONDERFUL!!

We have heard so much about how some wonderful people in the community have been reaching out to help others in this desperate situation. So, as our header scripture urges us, let YOUR lights shine in this time of great darkness, by helping and uplifting others even though we may not be with them personally for quite some time.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help us take every opportunity to maintain contact with others and help and encourage them in any way we can, for as long as this terrible disease persists.
Amen

Study by Janette McBride
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*Note that due to the coronavirus lockdown, Services are suspended for the time being. Contact is still as below. For live-streaming Sermons and Bible Studies go to our UK website www.gracecom.church

About the Author:
Janette McBride attends Grace Communion Lisburn, in Northern Ireland.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Lisburn
(www.grace-ni.org)
Ballymacbrennan School House
129A Saintfield Road
LISBURN
BT27 5PG

Meeting time:
Sunday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
Bob Beggs
Phone: Mobile 07836 613 686
Email: bobbeggs@hotmail.com

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One Response to “29th April 2020”

  1. Ian Woodley on April 29th, 2020 9:16 am

    Hello Janette, this is a wonderful story. In one corner of the world, grace has truly shone out! Many thanks for sharing this with everyone. Regards, Ian

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