Unless you are a prophet then I’m sure you didn’t see this one coming! I certainly didn’t. To think that just over four months ago we were celebrating another New Year’s eve, enjoying the company of friends and family, hoping and dreaming for a year of happiness and success. This wasn’t part of the plan was it? This virus is one of many evils in our world. For some, it has brought great pain, tragedy and loss. However, as Christian’s we must remember that human history is guided by God’s providence. We always have hope in God. In times of suffering I often recall the good news that “that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). In the midst of suffering this can be difficult, but let us remember Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross” (Heb 12:2). The cross of Christ is a sign of hope for all, because we know that the cross was not the end. Jesus has defeated death. He is alive and we have every reason to hope that from the standpoint of eternity we will all one day rejoice in the love and mercy of God.
In the meantime, The Young Church Dublin would like to offer five things you can do during the lockdown.
1. Develop a Good Routine
Now that most our usual routines have been interrupted these days are a wonderful opportunity for you to re-examine your daily habits. Establishing a good balanced routine can set you up for making the most of this time and ensuring that you come out the other end healthier, happier and closer to God. Click here to read more on developing a good routine. https://www.evangelisation.ie/2020/04/23/blog-developing-a-good-routine/
Regardless of whether you have a long established life of prayer or you are just setting out on the journey, these days are a wonderful opportunity for us to develop our prayer life. Our Christian heritage is bursting with wonderful teachings on prayer. For a gentle start, click here. https://www.evangelisation.ie/2020/04/23/blog-prayer/
3. Write a Letter (or Two)
Slowing down can have many benefits. In the Western World, we live in one of the fastest paced cultures of human history. Communication is more frequent than ever before but let’s pause for moment and ask about the depth of our communication. Do we give each other time and allow our interactions to be pierced with thought and meaning. Taking the time to write a letter is one way that we can communicate in a more thoughtful and intentional way during these days. Click here for more on letter writing. https://www.evangelisation.ie/2020/04/23/blog-you-are-a-letter-of-christ/
4. Phone Calls
It’s so simple and for many it’s part of our daily routine but for others, we might simply not be in the habit. What a wonderful opportunity this is to check in with distant friends, or relatives who we haven’t been keeping in touch with. We would like to encourage you most especially to think of people who may be alone or disconnected at this time. Please do not underestimate the difference a simply phone call can make. For more encouragement to make the call, click here https://www.evangelisation.ie/2020/04/23/blog-phone-a-friend/
5. Reach Out
Writing letters and making phone calls are two ways that we can reach out to family, friends and neighbours during the pandemic but they are certainly not the only ways. We have heard some wonderful examples of creative outreach to isolated or disadvantaged people and we would like to encourage you to do the same. Think creatively and think safely. For more on creative outreach click here https://www.evangelisation.ie/2020/04/23/blog-serving-others-during-covid-19/-
-Written by Gerard Hanley, Cilla Farrell, Siobhan Tighe, Kirsten Mahon