What have I missed?
There’s a phrase, ‘you don’t know what you have until it’s gone’. It’s so true isn’t it. Each day we can use the internet for all kinds of things. Then our connection goes down. Suddenly, we realise how much we rely on it.
For years we’ve had the freedom in our country to come and go as we please. We could visit each other in our homes, travel wherever we wanted. Over recent months those freedoms have been curtailed. Suddenly, when they’re gone, we realise what we had.
In March we cancelled all of our meetings as a church. No services, no opportunity to meet. I have to say, these were things I’d become used to. I’d say that I’d begun to take them for granted. Now they aren’t there, I miss them.
But why do I miss them? In part, it’s a community thing. Being shut off in our homes can be a lonely existence. To have the opportunity to meet with 100+ people on a weekly basis would be a welcome change.
Yet, that’s not the only reason. A church is more than just a group of people who meet together. A church is a picture and reminder of something incredible. At the heart of the Bible is the message of Jesus – a message of God saving people; a people from every nation, tribe and tongue.
When we meet as a church, I see that in the flesh. Around me are a diverse group of people, yet all of them loved by God. As I look across the room there are people of many ages, a mixture of many backgrounds, different abilities and different struggles. Yet, for all of them, if they trust Jesus, the Bible says, God calls them his children.
I’m looking forward to the time we can begin our services again. Now that the government has said we can open, we’re looking at how we can do that. For more information of our online services and future plans please check out our our Covid-19 status page or our Facebook page
Praying you all keep safe and well.