April 29th 2020
As I write this, its almost the end of April, and our lives have been restricted for many weeks now. We haven't been able to gather together in person, and we miss seeing each other – at least, I miss seeing all of you!
We have been finding ways to meet – standing 2 metres from the door (thank heavens its not rained very much in the past few weeks), using the phone, or the internet. I know that some of you are using FaceTime or Skype to see family and friends. Last week Cathy and I were invited to a virtual quiz evening – the participants were in three different cities, united by the mystery of the Zoom conferencing app. It was fun, if a little strange!
Its better than nothing – but its not as good as meeting face to face, is it? Especially if someone is upset, or grieving. You can't give someone a hug over the internet.
Seeing each other face to face is important. One of the most precious blessings in the Bible goes
The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Its a reminder that God's face is turned towards you, and you have God's full attention. God loves you, and makes you whole. Don't forget that – especially if you live alone, and feel lonely.
On the next page is an image of Christ's face. He's looking you right in the eye. You have his full attention, and he loves you. I wonder what you want to say to him. Why not say it?
And then listen for his answer.
With much love, and prayers that you will continue to be blessed by God's presence.