These are strange times and we need to hold one another in our prayers. Somehow the worldwide nature of the CCN seems especially precious when we are so bound together across the globe in experiencing this pandemic.
We know a great deal about hope in Coventry. Making space for hope has been the title of more than one of our fundraising campaigns. But this is a time when we need to make space in our hearts, as well as our buildings, for hope. We know that God has kept and held us through hard times before and given us grace to turn towards one another and towards his love.
There is always a temptation in times of fear to throw up barriers between ‘us and them’, whether the ‘them’ are the people we blame for what’s happening, or the people who we see as threatening our survival in the midst of it all. Here in the UK there have been fights breaking out over toilet roll in supermarkets!
We have a message of hope in the face of adversity, even tragedy, of turning towards one another and God for the strength and grace to come through this. I have been greatly helped by verses from Ps 27 … “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
We wait for the Lord together, and hold one another in prayer.
The Very Revd John Witcombe MA MPhil
Dean of Coventry