As I write this, we are reaching the end of the first week of the twelve or more of these 'social distancing' special measures to counter COVID-19 that the UK is currently experiencing.
Many of us continue to be separated from loved ones and friends and cannot go about the bustle of our lives as normal. And for many, there will be fears and worries about jobs, about those we know, about the survival of businesses, charities, churches and other organisations. And of course there are some who are suffering right now, who are afflicted and who are worried, either by the current crisis or other things in their lives.
This, more than ever, is an opportunity for us to take time to stop, to take stock and to reflect on our own lives.
Yesterday, Wesley's Chapel in London was the host of Radio 4's Sunday Worship (it can be found here for the next 28 days). The Methodist Church, located in central London, also broadcast a wonderful act of reflection yesterday evening filmed in Cornwall and led by Katherine Baxter (see the YouTube video below).
As we focus on the world around us, on the birds in the trees and the waves crashing on the beach in the Youtube video, it can be reminder to us to take inspiration from the world around us, to breath in the seeming calmness and peace. An opportunity to focus for a few moments not on our lives now and the uncertainty of the current virus situation, but we are invited instead to focus on the wonderful presence of God and to think about the future, how can we come out on the other side of this national crisis positively.
Take the opportunity in this short act of worship of just 18 minutes to reflect and to think.
God bless and all the best to all on this slightly overcast Monday morning.
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.