Inside this tract are the following words:
This last year or so has been one like no other. For many of us, we have gone through a wide range of emotions:
Pain – some of us have been ill with Covid and struggled to recover. Some of us may have lost loved ones to the virus and that loss has been compounded by having a restricted funeral which has also made it harder for us to experience the comfort and support of friends and family.
Worry and anxiety – living in uncertain times is emotionally draining. We have either been fearful of what may happen, or we’ve experienced things that have increased our anxiety: perhaps we’ve lost our job, or have struggled with isolation during lockdown.
Sadness – coping with the times we are in has left some of us depressed and struggling with
our mental health. When our routines get disrupted it can be hard to focus and find a new way of living.
Conversely, there have been positive things that have come out of the pandemic for some of us: a chance to reflect and make changes to our lifestyle, time and space to rethink priorities or make a change in career, maybe finding different ways of working or the courage to start a new business or interest.
We’ve certainly seen the power of community at work, and learned to appreciate afresh the vital contribution of so many key workers.
There is great wisdom and comfort in the words of Psalm 23, where we read about Jesus the Good Shepherd. For some of us we have experienced God’s refreshment and guidance. While for others it has been his presence with us “through the darkest valley”.
However lockdown has been for you, be certain of this: God is alongside you whatever you go through, now and in the future. Talk to him, follow him and “surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life”.