From A Shepherd’s Heart (13 May)
By Ps Thomas Lim
As we maintain a prayerful heart, let’s hear from one of our pastors today and reflect on God’s Word from them.
I hope all of you are well – physically, emotionally and spiritually. This Covid-19 pandemic has come upon us with such force and fury that we are caught by surprise. How will we ride through this storm?
I would like to share a poem by John O’Donohue, an Irish theologian, from his book “To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings”:
“This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.”
During this circuit breaker period when we are to stay at home, to lie low till the storm of the pandemic passes, many of us may be feeling the stress of living in such close proximity with one another the whole day, seven days a week, for almost two months. To some, it may really be very difficult to cope.
Yet, it is a time that we can reap some good out of it, when we can take the time to slow down. We can pause to think about the many things we are thankful for.
We can start by writing 3 things we are grateful for throughout the day. And speak words of gratitude to someone at home or to a loved one through the phone or video chat.
For me, I am grateful for the ladies in my CG, who came together and ordered a special food delivery for our parents. This act of love brought much joy to our parents. I am also grateful for a brother-in-Christ who took the opportunity to create a WhatsApp chat among a few of us to offer words of encouragement and cheer. Lastly, I am grateful for the opportunity to spend more time at home with my family during the pandemic.
So let’s remain generous, with a thankful and grateful spirit, and surely “Time will come good”, and we will find our feet again on fresh pastures of promise. Amen!