I live in Sydney and we are now heading into our 3rd week of Covid lockdown and it doesn’t look like it will be easing up any time soon.. The challenge for me has been how do I be a light in my community at these times?
So each week I will set a challenge.. Something we can do to care for those in our community, whether that be your neighbours, members of your congregation or just generally those in your neighbourhood.
I had been thinking about something I would like to do for my congregational members and came up with encouragement postcards. I have drawn up 4 that you can print out on some card, copy, colour or print off on paper and put into an envelope. On the other side, you could write a short note, your favourite bible passage, a poem or a prayer. Why not create and design your own and share it with us so we can share it with others!
At times like this it can be easy to forget that we belong to something bigger, Covid lockdowns are a time where we can reach out and remind others that we are thinking of them and care about them. You could do this as an individual, a family or as a whole church. Why not match people up as penpals who can write, email, message and pray for each other.
In all of this may you be reminded that you are not alone, you are loved and held by God.
May you find joy in the little things, fish swimming gracefully, the new buds of flowers peeking out of the winter frost, the smell of a warm drink, reminders of places and people who matter to you.
May through the struggle, you notice the beautiful smile, the excited dogs out on an adventure, the birds singing their praise and the movement of life.
May all things remind you of the love that comes from God, the one who sits with us, wherever we are.
Karen Mitchell-Lambert is ordained in the ministry of Deacon and is the team leader of PULSE.