We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe in these difficult times. The Church of England has suspended all services and asked for all churches to be closed, so we are not able to attend for private prayer. Therefore Philip Bullock, our vicar, will be providing some words for you in this group. Here are his thoughts for today.
Luke 1 vv30-31, 34.
The Angel said to her, “Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus”.
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be since I am a virgin?”
The full reading for today, for The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary (luke 1:vv 26-38) tells of two remarkable women and servants of God – Mary the mother of Jesus and Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist.
Mary was very young and Elizabeth, we are told, was “in her old age” and she was probably just as perplexed as Mary.
Is there an ideal age to serve God? Do we wait for retirement when we hopefully have more time, or do we ease off, having served faithfully in our younger years?
If God used Mary then we are never too young and if He used Elizabeth then we are never too old.
Today we too are “perplexed”. COVID-19 has taken us into uncharted territory. How can we serve Him while housebound and in isolation?
I suppose one way could be to pick up the phone to someone we know who is lonely and vulnerable, and another way will be to pray. In both ways we say in our own way and in our own time “Here I am, the servant of the Lord”.
Almighty God, in our perplexity we pray for the World this day. To those who are suffering from the virus, bring relief and healing; to those who are seeking to bring about its end, bring knowledge and wisdom; to those in the medical professions and on the front line, give protection and courage, and to all who are housebound and isolated give peace and the knowledge of your presence and love.