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Chaplaincy in the time of Coronavirus

Chaplaincy in the time of Coronavirus
March 26, 2020 CWan-Docksey

Our chaplain Grace Palmer has been with us a couple of years offering her sage words of wisdom and guidance during difficult times to our residents and members of staff.

Here she writes about the first week of lock-down:

 

“Stars are amazing but you can only see them in the dark.
The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
A famous preacher once said the same thing about hope:

“HOPE ITSELF IS LIKE A STAR – NOT TO BE SEEN IN THE SUNSHINE OF PROSPERITY, AND ONLY TO BE DISCOVERED IN THE NIGHT OF ADVERSITY” – C.H. SPURGEON.

Hope is like a star.  Often, we only see it when we are faced with suffering.

We are facing a season of loneliness, grief, depression, anxiety and hopelessness. God says no darkness is too dark for Him in

Psalm 139:11,12 “…Surely the darkness will hide me and the night become night around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you, the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you”

The same God who formed the stars holds your hand, even in the dark.

Our hope may seem insignificant, but as the trials of this life press into us we can look up at the sky and be reminded that hope is real; and our hope is secure in Jesus Christ.

Bless you,

Grace”