At the beginning of Covid-19, I was gung ho to use the time I now had on my hands to clear our junk and sort cupboards and drawers. Who can relate to that! However, as the months rolled on, I did less and less sorting and more and more reading and going jigsaw puzzles when I wasn't gardening, and since fall doing genealogy. I wonder how many have found we now have time to do different things we didn't have time to do when we were out and about shopping or visiting with friends and relatives. Of course, for many there is less and less time while trying to work and manage while children are home instead of at school. How quickly our lives have changed.
Will we all go back to the way things were, I wonder. It seems to me, I've been keeping in better touch with family and friends thanks to technology. Of course it's not the same as getting together in person. However, one day we will be free to gather and to travel.
I wonder how our ancestors felt as they left their homeland knowing that they might never again see the family they were leaving behind. Many of mine left because of their religious beliefs, so strong that they were willing to give up everything to start anew in a foreign country. Some were protestants in Catholic France; others were Methodists in northern England: and then there were the radical Puritans. I wonder how many of us, were our religious beliefs opposed by the Government, would be willing to pack up and go where we could practice freely. Hmmm, where could we go? Would we fight to preserve the rights of people of other religious beliefs to practice their faith? Who's to say which religious beliefs are the right ones.
How truly blessed we are to have our faith in God and the right to practice our religion freely. I pray that we may continue to do so.
Hoping to see you at the Sunday Communion service with Reverend Paula Mullin and the Annual General Meeting following the service.