Letter from Karen Corbett

Dear Friends,

As I write this letter for the month of March, the Prime Minister has announced the Government's plans to gradually release the present lockdown restrictions. We are all craving freedom.  Freedom to shop, freedom to go on holiday, freedom to meet up with loved ones.  The concept of "freedom" has taken on a whole new meaning.  As we enjoy more freedom let us not forget to give thanks for each day and treat it as a gift from God.  Let us also remember all the Christians throughout the world who do not enjoy the freedom to worship.  Let us pray for them and those who persecute them.

We are now well into the season of Lent and no doubt we have all felt as if we have been in the wilderness for the last few months.  Each day holding out a barren landscape of "sameness".  Just as Jesus was tested, we all feel as if we are being tested - is that such a bad thing?  Perhaps this Lent will illustrate to us just how much Jesus was on His own too.  Perhaps this Lent will illustrate to us just what it means to be tempted to do the wrong thing.  Will anyone know if we have people in our homes?  Will it matter if I don't keep social distance?  Yes, it has and continues to be a time of testing.

When Jesus was tempted, He turned to his Father.  We should do the same. 

However, the important thing to remember about Lent is that it has an ending.  So, whilst we struggle with different routines on a Sunday, getting used to using technology for worship we know that in a couple of weeks time we will walk into the light of Easter.    There is light at the end of a dark tunnel.   

Let us look forward to Easter trusting that God will see us through these next weeks of testing.  Let us hold in our prayers those who have the responsibility for ensuring the roll out of the vaccinations - not only in this country but throughout the world. 

Let us pray that this Easter will be a time of rejoicing that Jesus conquered death and we all have the promise of eternal life with Him.

God Bless.